Jamshedpur : Tribals in large numbers on Sunday took out a rally demanding the state government introduce domicile policy.
Under the banner of Adivasi Chhatra Ekta organised the Hul Jharkhand Rally demanding developmental policies from the BJP led state govenrment in Jharkhand. The large group consisting of more than 1500 tribals under the leadership of Jasai Mardi and other members of the organisation walked down from Gopal Maidan to the G. Town ground in Bistupur.
In favour of strict implementation of policy the activists demanded special status for Jharkhand and implementation of Domicile Policy. Mardi said that it has been 15 years since the creation of Jharkhand has not been recognized the tribals. Jharkhand has no identity of its own. Until their demands will not be complete movement will continue.
“We demand strict implementation of domicile policy. No amendment to the act will be accepted. We also demand action against the government officers who allegedly violated the Act and supported transfer and sale of such lands,” said a leader.
“Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar in November 2000 to safeguard the interest of tribals. The situation of the 108 backward caste are reeling under penury. It is surprising that the government has not taken adequate steps to protect them and never implemented the CNT Act properly.
Even after the Jharkhand High Court passed an order asking the state to strictly implement the Act, the government does not appear to be serious. This has forced us to launch agitations to create pressure on the government,” said a leader.
He alleged that parties are not concerned about the welfare of the masses, especially the poor, and that is why they have ignored the court order.
“The demand for scrapping the CNT Act shows the leaders of Jharkhand are not sincere towards the cause of the two major communities adivasis and moolvasis moreover his actions suggest he is more concerned about non-adivasis and moolvasis.
We took out a rally in the city to garner people support strict implementation of the policy. It prohibits sale or transfer of land owned by people from reserved category to general category,” noted another activist.