The demands included clearance of Rs 8 crore debt by KD Singh owned five tea gardens of the Alchemist Group. The former GNLF MLA Nar Bahadur Chhetri, who was also a member of the delegation, held a press conference after meeting the Chief Minister on Monday.
Chhetri said that they were with Trinamool Congress in the Assembly election and they came to
congratulate Banerjee for her landslide victory. “We will continue our support to Banerjee as she loves the hill and repeatedly visits the place. Similarly, the people of the hills also have great respect and love for her,” he said, adding that they have placed a set of demands before Banerjee ahead of her visit to Darjeeling on July 2.
“KD Singh’s Alchemist Group owns five tea gardens. The group has a debt of around Rs 8 crore and we have urged the state government to intervene to help people get their dues. The state Youth Affairs minister Aroop Biswas told me that KD Singh has already being asked to clear the dues within the next 15 days and necessary steps will be taken if it is not cleared within the said time,” he said.
Chhetri further said that they have urged the Chief Minister to not support the creation of a new state. At the same time they want a holistic development of the hills.
There is a need of social, political and economical development of the hills. He further said that they had approached the state government for tribal status for the people of the hills. Claiming that Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) had turned to a den of corruption, he said that they do not demand dissolution of the body as it is an elected one. Instead they will be fighting politically demanding development work instead of corruption.