DARJEELING: The state government released the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) draft on Saturday, listing 17 new constituencies.
The draft will be made public for objections and suggestions. The final list will be prepared before the GTA election, scheduled for July, after taking the feedback.
As per agreement between the government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, 45 constituencies have been listed in the draft. As of now, the three hill sub-divisions under Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) comprise 28 constituencies.
"We received the draft publication notice of the GTA constituencies for election to the GTA Sabha on Friday evening from Writers'
and have started distributing it to the BDOs, SDOs and police stations in the Hills," said Topden Lama, officer in charge of the election department.
However, the draft does not specify the break up of the constituencies of the sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong because of the overlapping nature of the delimitation. "It is very difficult to give the break up of the delimitated constituencies because there has been overlapping of certain areas. But, the delimitated areas cover the three hill sub-divisions including the eighteen mouzas," said Lama.
People having any claim, objection and suggestion will have to submit a written application to the Darjeeling DM, SDOs or the BDOs within June 2. "We will scrutinize these and incorporate them if they are justified," said Lama. The final list is expected to be completed by June 5, after which the government will issue the election notification on June 15. If all things fall in place, election to the GTA Sabha will be held by the second week of July.