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CM promises slum dwellers legal rights on their lands

Jamshedpur, March 6: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday announced that the state government will develop the Bhagwan Birsa Munda Pahari (hill) at Birsanagar into a tourism hub after its beautification.

Addressing a gathering at Birsanagar during inauguration of the beautification project of Bhagwan Birsa Munda Pahari comprising installation of a 12- feet statue of the iconic freedom fighter Birsa Munda on the over 150-feet hillock, Raghubar Das said, “My government is dedicated to restore the rights of tribal people. The beautification work is an effort to maintain the rich legacy of Jharkhand.”

Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) is working on the beautification drive which is estimated to cost Rs 20 lakh. It has built tiled steps, boundary walls, sitting benches made of wrought iron, plantation of saplings, railing on sides of steps and painting of the rocks and the statue.

The CM also said that the government is working on providing legal rights to the urban slum dwellers in Jamshedpur and that very soon all the residents will be given legal right on their lands.

Interestingly, several opposition parties, especially the Congress, have of late been taking a dig at the CM for forgetting the promise of ownership rights to the urban slum dwellers, which he has been making for the last two decades as Jamshedpur East MLA.

Significantly, around 4 lakh people reside in over 140 urban slums dotting the Jamshedpur East Assembly constituency and most of these areas do not enjoy civic amenities provided by Tata Steel and have to depend on Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC).

“I believe in development for all with the support of one and all and justice to everyone. Politics is a mission for me and I will fulfill every promise made to the people. I have always fought for ownership rights of urban slum dwellers with honesty and raised this issue at assembly and justice will be done to the urban slum dwellers,” said Das.

While addressing the gathering, the CM turned nostalgic. He said, “I raised the issue in 1995 when I became the MLA for the first time as I was hit at the lack of quality civic amenities by urban slum dwellers as against the facilities in the Tata command areas.

I used to sit in these urban slums with my party workers and discuss their problems. Soon the urban slums would have quality basic amenities like electricity, street lights, drinking water and roads among other facilities.”

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