Chaibasa, Nov. 6: Adivasi Sengel Abhiyan (ASA) and Jharkhand Desam Party (JDP) jointly organised a massive rally at Chaibasa, which passed through Chaibasa Bazar, Bus Stand area, Post Office Chowk and submitted a memorandum demanding 12-point to the Kolahan Commissioner addressed to the Governor of Jharkhand on Thursday.
After submitting the memorandum both the outfits held a joint mass conference at Pillai Hall here. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) chief Babulal Marandi was the chief guest on the occasion. He was welcomed by JDP and ASA national president Salkhan Murmu.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion, Marandi said that across the country, Jharkhand is identified as a mineral-rich state and tribal-dominated state. He emphasised that the domicile policy should be adopted for the benefit of the Jharkhand Mulvasi and Adivasis.
He added that when Raghbar Das became the Chief Minister he said ‘I am servant of the people of Jharkhand’ and assured to adopt the domicile policy way back in April, but the moment he went to Delhi and returned, he became the servant of Modi government and remained silent on the issue.
Marandi said that 20 lakh people have left Jharkhand for their livelihood due to land acquisition. A large number of people were displaced as thousands of hectors were acquired in the name of Tellai, Swarnrekha and Konark embankment projects. Owners of these lands were not given proper compensation.
The payment was hardly Rs. 9000 per acre and, as a result, they now neither have any land, nor any money for their rehabilitation.
“They were compelled to leave their mother land and migrated to some other state for survival. So we demand land for land in case of displacement. We oppose the construction of the Icha-Kharaki dam because it may lead to displacement of people from another 120 villages in the region,” the former Chief Minister Marandi said.
Citing another example of alleged discrimination against the locals, Marandi said, “About 71 percent outsiders were provided with jobs against 575 vacancies in secretariat on April 30, 2012, while people from Jharkhand were deprived.
I again stress on implementing the provisions in Article 16A 3 as it has been done in all other states. If you go to Writers Building in West Bengal or Patna Secretariat, you will rarely find people appointed from outside these states. This is the unfortunate and we should jointly fight it out.”
“I do not want the post of Chief Minister, but I want to work for the people of Jharkhand and for their rights, he said, adding, “My support will be with these two organizations and for their movements.”
Murmu said, “If our 12-point demand is not fulfilled, we will launch Ulgulan on the lines of Sidhu-Kanhu and Birsa Munda. No capitalist would be allowed to be the ambassador of Jharkhand. The true ambassadors of Jharkhand are Sidhu-Kanu and Birsa Munda.
We are not against the development schemes of government, but we want that the government should first sort out the displacement issues due to Bokaro Steel City, Tata Steel and HCL and others. We will not allow setting up of any new steel plant in Kolhan till these issues are resolved.”
“We want the government to implement the Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act and Santhal ParganasTenancy Act. We do not want jugle raj,” Murmu thundered.
The JDP and ASA national president said that they will organise dharna and demonstrations across the state in support of their demands in January next year.