At Mirik, the chief minister held a public meeting and alleged that the GTA did nothing for the development of the Hills. “The term of the GTA will be over within a month and I shall hold a special audit of the organisation. Cottages run by the GTA are in a shamble state and the organisation did nothing for Darjeeling’s development. Darjeeling falls within West Bengal, but the GTA officials never held talks with our government for betterment of the Hills. I have been told that several type of corruptions prevailed in the GTA and my government will hold a special audit of the GTA,” the chief minister told the gathering at Mirik on Monday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced a special audit to check how it has utilised the government aids and a punishment ifany discrepancies are found.
“I have decided to run a special audit on the money that GTA received from the government. If GTA has stolen money, I will not spare them. This is common man’s money,” Banerjee said at a public meeting in Darjeeling district’s Mirik.
“I have instructed the Finance Department to run a special audit on how the money has been used. If they have done a good job, we will reward them. But if we find some discrepancy, we will not spare even the secretary of the GTA,” she said.
Pointing out that the state government has never objected to the students of the hills learning Nepali, Banerjee said it is important to know a little bit of Bengali to get job elsewhere in the state.
“We have never asked the students of the hills to stop learning Nepali, Hindi or English. It is always better to know as many languages as possible. But if we do not keep Bengali as an option, how would you people come to the other places in Bengal and work there?” she asked.
“In a Nepali-speaking region, knowing Nepali is important but in Bengal, knowing a little bit of Bengali is also important,” she added.
As a result many people reacted on her action.