Jamshedpur: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Sunday announced to give a facelift to the Jaipal Singh Stadium in Karandih, a tribal dominated area. He said that though it is named as ‘stadium’ but it lacks basic infrastructure.
He said that the Government will approve a fund for construction of the stadium in the next budget.
Das was addressing Sohrai festival function at Karandih. He said that the stadium will be equipped with modern facilities and will be ready by 2018. “ Our Government is dedicated for the welfare of the tribals. We have also decided to start textile training programme which will provide 40,000 jobs in next two years,” said the Chief Minister.
Targeting those opposing amendments in Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act, Das said that people with vested interests were misleading tribals on the issue. The Chief Minister said his government took the latest decision after consulting the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC), the apex body that recommends and decides on tribal affairs in the state.
Prior to this a bull dance was also organised at the Jaipal Stadium by the Adivasi Youth Club that attracted thousands of spectators from across the city and nearby villages. About 18 villages had gathered here to mark one of the most important festival of the Santhals- the Sohrai festival which is took place on Diwali and the another one on Guru Purnima on a full moon day.
For the past 40 years, the Adivasi Youth Club has been organising the bull dance. Each village brings a bull for the contest.
Ishwar Soren informed that that the bulls are tied to poles and the team from the respective village tries to make the animals “dance”. The animals get infuriated by the loud notes of a host of musical instruments including tumda, tamak, chorchori, tirio, kartal and banam. Besides that, the skin of a dead animal is shoved to its face, in an attempt to force it to move about in fits of fury.
The performance of the bull Soren said that the festival is being celebrated at Karandih from more than five decades and every year thousands of people participate to witness the show.
After the dance, the bulls were showered with flowers. Next followed tribal songs. The participating teams were from Nawadih, Kalya- dih, Kinudih, Gantaidih, Purihasa, Kudada, Baya- ngbil, Kadma, Govindpur and Sarjamda participated in the show