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Jan Awaaz gets organisational shape; vows to create peoples' movement
In a meeting held at International Conference Centre, YMCA, New Delhi on 28th September, the newly formed peoples' group Jan Awaaz elected its office bearers and vowed to represent the peoples' voice, which is primarily a serious need as many believe that the politicians in Darjeeling are taking the 'innocent janta' for a ride.

Giving a national shape to the organisation, Jan Awaaz elected eminent journalist and respected Gorkha figure Joel Rai as its National President, well known activist and prominent Gorkhaland movement leader Munish Tamang as National General Secretary, Sonam Bhutia as National Treasurer, young activist Sankalp Lama as National Coordinator, Ashim Sunam as Media Coordinator and Supreet Pradhan as President of Delhi Chapter.

With the election of its National office bearers, Jan Awaaz will now actively work towards membership enrollment on an all India basis. Coordinators will be appointed for all regions. Membership forms and online membership will soon be made available for all those desiring to be part of Jan Awaaz.

Speaking to the people gathered in the meet from different walks of life, Joel Rai pointed out the need to create an all India movement of Gorkhas rather than one that is Darjeeling-centric. He also asserted that people are crying out for change as the current leadership has not been able to deliver on people’s aspirations.

Munish Tamang pointed out that the Neta-Janta model has not proved to be successful as there is a serious disconnect between the peoples’ voice and its representation by the leaders. Leaders have been unable to truly represent peoples’ voice and therefore the need to create a leadership that is Janta based and is led by common people. Tamang said that the need of the hour is to organise the voice of the silent majority and create a leadership that is clean, credible, and sincere. Gorkhaland leaders have been compromising on other administrative arrangements, which is not what the people of Darjeeling aspire for.

Sankalp Lama also spoke about the leadership that has failed its people time and again and pledged to work among all sections, especially the educated youth, in creating an environment, where the leaders are answerable. Supreet Pradhan also spoke at length about the largely untapped Gorkha strength in Delhi and the need to evolve effective strategies to strengthen the community and the organisation in Delhi.

As about the new Chief of GTA, Jan Awaaz passed a resolution stating that it had no comment to make as there is no interest in the GTA. However, it urged the political leadership and the Sabhasads to prove their sincerity by convening a meeting and passing a resolution for the creation of Gorkhaland and the dissolution of GTA.

The meeting also took note of the molestation reports of a school girl in Darjeeling and condemned the incident. Jan Awaaz also demanded strict action to be taken by the administration in punishing the guilty. The group also condemned the reported police action on students who were protesting the incident.

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