Gurung after the meeting with heads of schools and colleges said they could open their educational institutions on condition that they would ensure getting wards in schools and colleges and reaching them home as strike in other sectors will continue for the statehood movement.
The GJM president told them that the ongoing agitation for Gorkhaland will continue as "it is our final battle for our long-standing demand for a separate state." Gurung reiterated that getting a Gorkhaland state was their ultimate goal.
He said considering the situation after consultation with various teachers' representatives, they have decided to allow for re-opening of all schools in the Darjeeling hills from September 13.
However, no transport will be available to them and they will need to walk to school.
"The school authorities will have to ensure boarding facilities for all outstation students and also for students who can't walk it to school. There will be no relaxation for commercial establishments too," Gurung said.
"Students are our future, tomorrow's voice for Gorkhaland. Keeping this in mind their success in the coming Higher Secondary and other final examinations need to be ensured by teachers," he said.
He also directed that all students and teachers must also do a signature campaign for Gorkhaland and send a copy to the President of India and Prime Minister.
"The school authorities must hold classes on Saturdays and Sundays to make up for lost time," the new diktat said.
Gurung said their fight was not against the state government but against the Centre.
Gurung's new strategy appeared to put the ball in the court of Union Government after the Union Home Minster Sushil Kumar Shinde on September 3 assured a Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) to convene a tripartite meeting to break the deadlock.
Darjeeling has been virtually shut down since July 29 after the UPA government in the Centre announced creation of Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh.
After the meeting with all the heads of schools and colleges Gurung said he was happy that they have supported for the cause of statehood demand.
On Wednesday Gurung told his Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) member to attend the meeting but refrain from voting in case elections held for choosing the chief executive post he resigned on July 30.
--IBNS (Posted on 06-09-2013)