Darjeeling, 01st August: Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Chairman Anit Thapa wrote a letter to the West Bengal Minister of Forest Department requesting the department to exempt the Nepali speaking candidates from one of the criteria mentioned for the recruitment of Bana Sahayaks.
On July 22, the West Bengal Forest Department advertised recruitment for the new category of "Bana Sahayaks". A total of 2000 vacancies are available, on a purely contractual basis under Administrative Divisions including Presidency Division, Medinipur Division, Burdwan Division, Malda Division and Jalpaiguri Division.
According to the advertisement, the interview will be conducted for 100 marks, out of which a total of 60 will be given solely based on the ability of the candidate to read and write in Bengali.
What turned this simple recruitment advertisement into a controversy is that there is no mention of Nepali language despite the Jalpaiguri Division- (Darjeeling and Kalimpong) largely being populated by Nepali speaking community.
Shining a light on this, the GTA Chairman wrote to the Minister of Forest Department requesting the concerned department to exclude the Nepali speaking candidates of GTA area and Terai and Dooars area from the aforementioned criteria.
"The Minister must listen to our request and respecting the Nepali language, should give proper and equal opportunity to our Gorkha brothers and sisters to participate in the appointment of this post," Thapa added.