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After Lepcha Board, Mamata eyes council for Tamangs

The West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee proposed the formation of Tamang Development Council in north Bengal for development of the community on Tuesday.Banerjee had announced formation of Lepcha Development Board in September 2013.

Addressing a programme of the Tamang community, Banerjee said efforts are being made to convince the Centre to offer tribal status to the hill communities. She also asked the communities of the region to stay united for its peace, growth and prosperity. Recently the Gorkhaland Territorial Agreement(GTA), which Banerjee set up on becoming the chief minister in 2011 for purposes of administration, was revived and Bimal Gurung made its chief executive.

However, political circles feel that creating new power centres in the hills may weaken  the GTA to some extent. Banerjee stressed on the spread of education in the hill area on Tuesday and offered to set up three ITIs besides a polytechnic at Mirik. She emphasised on developing new locations of north Bengal for giving a boost to tourism.

The chief minister, who is on a four-day visit to the hills, said Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday on 23 January would be celebrated there.Tamangs are one of the indigenous inhabitants of Nepal. They have their own distinct culture, language and religion.
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