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West Bengal Governor Seeks Updates On Hill Council's Operations

The governor, who is on a visit to Darjeeling, has asked the GTA administrator to personally update him about the council's operations and way of functioning.

West Bengal Governor Seeks Updates On Hill Council's Operations
West Bengal Governor Seeks Updates On Hill Council's Operations | PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra
West Bengal Governor Seeks Updates On Hill Council's Operations
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2021-12-29T18:26:23+05:30

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar  sought updates on the operations of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration from officials concerned. He claimed that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) , an autonomous district council for Darjeeling and Kalimpong areas  was in a complete "mess". He also noted that GTA accounts have not been audited by CAG since its formation a decade ago.

The governor sought an explanation in writing for "non-compliance of earlier directives". "GTA @MamataOfficial in a mess. No CAG Audit for a decade since inception. No report to Governor #GTA functioning as per Section 55 (10) GTA Act, 2011," Dhankhar tweeted.
"Administrator #GTA directed to personally update and make available Reports under Section 55(10) of GTA Act by 30 December, 2021," he said.

Section 55 (10) of GTA Act, 2011 stipulates that the governor shall obtain a report on the functioning of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and cause that report to be laid on the table of the Legislative Assembly annually.

The governor, in a letter to the GTA administrator, a copy of which was attached with the Twitter message, said that a disturbing situation has arisen, pointing towards "serious dereliction of duty by the concerned" with no report being made available to him in spite of firm directives.

He further said, that on the last occasion, the secretary of GTA, under instructions of the then administrator, who was on leave, had called on him in Darjeeling.

Maintaining that there has been no response to issues flagged for urgent intervention by the administrator, the governor stated that "a serious view of the same is taken at this end and for such acts of omission and commission appropriate steps will emanate."

Dhankar insisted that the sequence of events indicate a determined defiance of the administrator. He said,  inputs received on his end allege that GTA has become a “den of corruption”, where funds have been wrongly utilised in the absence of audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

(With PTI Inputs)

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