Requested the Union Government to expedite the process for finding PPS
Today, I highlighted the deprivation and discrimination faced by the people of Darjeeling Hills, Terai, and Dooars, and the injustices they have suffered.
I reminded the house about the glorious history of Darjeeling as the first place to be electrified in India, our region’s popularity as a tourist destination, and an international education hub, and how Darjeeling at one point of time, was the pride of our nation.
However, I informed the house that due to the continued neglect of the West Bengal Government, the people of Darjeeling region are suffering today. I told the Parliament how no Panchayat elections have been held in the hill regions of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts since 2001. The grassroots system of governance has been absent in our region for the past 20-years and how this has led to the rural areas under Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts to suffer.
Despite being resource rich, highly skilled and trained young population and full of economic potential, today our region is suffering. Our youths are forced to leave our region to seek jobs in distant cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and even foreign shores. In the absence of proper governance structure, our educational system is in shambles, the health care system is collapsing and infrastructure in both rural and urban settlements are past the critical threshold limits.
Highlighting that all this has happened due to the lack of political settlement, I requested the Union Government to expedite the process for finding permanent political solution under the Constitution of India to the long pending demands of the people from Darjeeling Hills, Terai and Dooars so that our people too can live the promise and potential of our New India.