The sources said the Centre was committed to help the Bengal government find a permanent solution and ruled out any direct intervention in Darjeeling. "We are working out the modalities and parameters before initiating the process," a home ministry official told The Telegraph. "After holding the talks, the committee will submit their recommendations to the Centre," the official said. "Before initiating the talks, the Bengal chief minister will be taken into confidence and the dates of the meeting will be decided only after the state government consents," the official said. "In a federal structure, the state government needs to examine it (the statehood demand) and take a call.
Source: The Telegraph October 11, 2017 21:11 UTC