Jamshedpur : JMM supporters and farmers held up traffic on the DC office road on Monday to protest against the amendment to the Land Acquisition Act 2013.
JMM workers raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the ordinance was draconian
and reflective of the British style of administration.
Although traffic on the busy stretch was held up, it did draw public attention. Mahabir Murmu, JMM East Singhbhum district president, who is spearheading the agitation, said the ordinance passed by the government had kindled a spark among farmers, who have voiced their opposition to it.
He said the method adopted by the Centre was against established democratic norms and hence anti-people.
He said as farmers become aware of the amendments to the Act, they will come out in open as it was an attempt to benefit private players and the corporate lobby.
With many checks and balances in the original Act being diluted, he said there was no provision for social impact assessment and environment impact assessment, and hence had to be opposed.
The JMM activists later in the day submitted a memorandum addressed to President, Pranab Mukherjee through the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner.
“We have submitted the memorandum at district collectorate and requested the President to take this issue which is against poor tribals.
The current government has violated norms of CNT Act and SPT Act and serving interest of capitalists,”
He asked people to put pressure on the Narendra Modi government to withdraw the relevant bill. He described he bill as a “black law”, which was against the interests of farmers.
“I and my party have been opposing this black law and I appeal to party workers and leaders to launch
a campaign against it to safeguard farmers’ interests,” he said.