Jamshedpur : Former Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Monday clarified that he never tried to bring amendment in the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Acts during his term as the Chief Minister of the State. A section of media had today reported that the former CM had tried to bring changes in the land acts.
Addressing a press conference at Forest Department’s guest house, the three-time CM, cautioned the State Government to tread cautiously on the issue as the acts are related with the soul of tribals. He also said that there are some ‘forces’ in the State those who are spreading the false claims in his name to sail out of the dicey situation.
“Even during my term as the CM of Jharkhand the issue was raised ( during the year 2011-2012) but I decided not to bring any amendment but rather set up a committee for discussing issues concerning the acts,” said noted Munda.
He also said that the present State Government is acting in haste over the issue. The Government should have consulted with different stakeholders and raised the matter in different forums before taking step to amend the acts.
“There are some ‘forces’ that want to get the land acts amended at any cost without studying its pros-and cons. The Government must need to understand that it is not a Budget that it can get it passed through majority in assembly. It is a matter which is associated with the very existence of tribals.
These acts are lifeguards of tribals. This is the reason why I want the State Government to clarify every aspects of its amendment,” said the former Chief Minister.
Munda also said that the State Government even failed to consult tribal leaders like Karia Munda including him over the matter. The Government is only keen to get it amended.
He also asked the government to clear the air over the amendments made in the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Acts.
The BJP leader, who had earlier written to the CM on the same, urged the government to explain its stand on the amendments and how it would positively affect the lives of the tribal leaders in the state.
The CNT Act, enacted in 1908, more than 102 years back during British rule, prohibits transfer and sale of tribal and backward communities’ land to the members of other communities