Reproduced below is an extract of STH post on 11Dec2007 ( Letter to the Chief Minister, West Bengal)
1. Necessity of correcting an anomaly
It was apparent from our meeting with some state Govt officials, that in Darjeeling District, both the State Govt and DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council) were jointly in charge of disaster management. We were informed, that prevention of disaster was NOT the responsibility of the District Magistrate since many of the departments concerned with preventive work were not under him (but were under the Principal Secretary, DGHC)
This is contrary to the Disaster Management Act 2005 Chapter IV (District Disaster Management Authority)
Here is an extract from today's Telegraph:-
Council top post for DM
Darjeeling, Feb. 20: The
The tenure of incumbent principal secretary of the DGHC, D.T. Tamlong, came to an end yesterday following which the district magistrate was asked to take charge of the council for the first time since it was formed 20 years ago.
Although bureaucrats have always headed the council, this is the first time that an IAS officer in charge of the district administration has been told to look after a parallel administration.
“I received the government order today,” said Rajesh Pandey, the district magistrate of
Looking at this development from the narrow perspective of landslide prevention, well, I for one am happy about the change!
Meanwhile we are living thru extraordinary times in the hills...much more of that story can be gleaned from www.kalimpong.info, www. darjeelingtimes.com and www.telegraph.in