West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said she would meet her Sikkim counterpart Pawan Chamling on March 16 to discuss developments in Darjeeling so as to ensure peace and prosperity in the region. We may discuss about peace, prosperity and everything.
"I think we can work together for the interest of Darjeeling, for the interest of the country", said Banerjee on the concluding day of the Hill Business Summit here.
"Please see Darjeeling is clean and green".
Stating that the Darjeeling hills have huge potential for development of trade and business, Banerjee said she was confident that apart from promoting tourism, tea industry, horticulture and floriculture, there was a lot of scope for development of cinchona cultivation in the hills. She also spoke about encouraging the younger generation to bring them forward. If there is violence, some political leaders might gain, but the people of Darjeeling won't gain from it. Our government is fully ready to help you. "I can also assure you on behalf of the industrialists that they will give you full cooperation", she said. Industrialization is not just for big developments.
Among those welcoming the CM to the town were supporters and central committee members of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha, the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Darjeeling Municipality, and local people who offered her khadas (traditional scarf ) at different locations in the town, including the Gorkha Rang Manch Bhawan. "Let's compete on the basis of development. All this leads up to a more value added food chain, including processing", said the CII Director General.