Jamshedpur : In an attempt to build up pressure on Government for implementation of constitutional provisions designed for protecting adivasis , over a dozen tribal outfits called for a bandh in the State on Saturday.
The bandh failed to have impact in the city however normal life was hit at areas Karandih and rural belt of Chakradharpur.
Tribal leader Sanaram Soren said that that all the respective governments in the State have failed miserably to hand over the land rights to the tribals and ensure their adequate representation in the government jobs.
Every party has supported the land mafias and forced displacements of tribals.
Soren further went on to add that the conditions of tribals were turning from bad to worse but the political parties were indulging in politics for personal gains.
He raised the demand that Chotanagpur and Santhal Paragana Tenancy act should be implemented in letter and spirit, protection of tribal land, checking displacement and migration and accord State language status to ‘santhali’ language recognised under 8th schedule of the constitution etc.
Senior leader Ishwar Soren said that bandh has been called as a mark of protest and make tribals unite for their rights. Even after 13 years of formation of Jharkhand the survival of tribal culture, customs, heritages, practices, their way of life, languages are on the verge of extinction.
If proper attention is not given then all the special characteristic of tribal will be wiped out from India in the span of next five or more decades he added.
ďWe are dedicated for the progress of the tribals so our focus would be on them. It is through the ballot that one can show the strength in the democracy and, our activists have started working in the rural belts to make the voters realise their importance and need to safeguard their interests,Ē he noted.
Another JDP leader said that all the respective governments have been unable to hold Panchayat election under the PESA act. It is high time that the tribals to unite and fight for their existence. He noted that the articles 16(3), 371, 3 and 19(5) clearly mentioned that locals should be given their rights and be protected.
In the East Singhbhum, the mobility of the security forces including CRPF personnel was paced up on the National Highway-33 stretching from Ghatsial to Chandil.
“The district administration has deputed 17 magistrates across strategic locations of the district to oversee the security affairs in the wake of Maoists bandh,” informed a senior official.
The Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway too, had made elaborate security arrangement in the light of Maoists bandh however; there is no alteration either in the movement of the trains or its departure timing.
The long route private buses plying on the two end of the NH-33, Tata-Ranchi and Tata-West Bengal has felt the pinch with few of the buses staying off the roads nonetheless, the government buses heading for different destinations to Bihar in particular are running in full strength.