The state government has asked for clarification from the GTA on recruitment of GLP. The executive officials of GTA, however, have claimed that the authority has recruited the GLP cadres on daily wage-basis and not on a regular pay roll.
Initially, the GTA authorities appointed around 40 cadres of GLP (the GJM equivalent to government police) in some departments and in hospitals in the Hills as security guards and drivers.
Deputy Chief Executive of GTA, Ramesh Alley said, “We have not violated any norm. We have recruited some of the GLP cadres as security guards in hospitals and some offices on daily wage-basis. We need people to work. But the government has not given us enough man-power.”
“Moreover, according to the GTA agreement, the state and central governments are supposed to recruit the GLP cadres in the paramilitary forces in the state and Centre. But one-and-a-half years have passed. No process has been initiated to give them employment,” Alley added.
The GLP is the lathi-wielding voluntary force raised by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha with the purported purpose of controlling crowd and capturing areas during the Gorkahland movement.
According to a senior official of GTA, the recruitment was in contravention of a state order issued on April 23, 2010. The order stated that no casual/daily rated workers would be engaged by the government.
Giving employment to the GLP cadres has always been a crucial issue for the GJM leadership. The GJM leadership has even threatened to use the GLP cadres in the agitation programme demanding Gorkhaland.
A senior GJM leader said, “The GJM president bears all the cost of the huge force. We will send them to Delhi also and they will join the dharna programme. We are also sending ex-servicemen to Delhi to intensify the dharna programme.”
The party claims that around 5,000 GLP cadres are still living in 35 camps, which are located in remote areas in the Hills. The GLP, comprising young boys and girls, was formed in 2008 and they were trained by ex-servicemen. In 2011, Bimal Gurung had pleaded for special changes in the eligibility criteria for the armed forces of the state and the Centre to absorb them.