THE HIMALAYAN BEACON (THB)
DARJEELING, 8 NOVEMBER 2017: The Himalayan Beacon had reported on the 3rd of November 2017 that the Gorkhas singled out to prove their nationality for residential certificate and that applicants seeking residential certificate from Darjeeling Hills were to submit a number of documents including Land deed/land tax receipt since 1950, voter list proving residence since 1950, birth certificate proving residence since 1950, ration card proving residence since 1950 and any other Government documents proving residence of the family since 1950 as a proof of permanent citizenship. This had led to a number of hardship to the residents in the hills.
Most parties including Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM), Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) – Binay-Anit faction had expressed deep concerns about the issue. The State Government changed its stance yesterday when Binay Tamang, the Chairman of the Board of Administrators (BOA) of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) spoke with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Principal Secretary. The Chief Minister thenceforth directed the District Administrations of both Darjeeling and Kalimpong Districts to follow the old norms for issuing residential certificates and not to make new norms without discussing with the State Government.
The residents would now be able to obtain the residential certificates without having to submit excessive documents only those that are requisite for the issue of the certificate.