JMM, Congress ask Govt to scrap land amendment bills
Opposition parties thanked governor Droupadi Murmu for returning the two bills related to amendment proposed in the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Actranchi Updated: Jun 27, 2017 15:32 IST
Upping the ante against chief minister Raghubar Das, the opposition parties on Monday demanded that his government should immediately scrap the controversial amendment bills related to change in land patterns, allowing the owners to convert agricultural land for commercial use.
The parties thanked governor Droupadi Murmu for returning the two bills related to amendment proposed in the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act.
Failing to get it passed through the ordinance route the government had passed the bill in the assembly on November 23 last year and had sent it to Raj Bhawan for governor’s assent on December 18.
The governor proved herself to be sensitive on tribal matters and put a balm on the society that was on boil for the past six months, said leader of opposition and JMM working president Hemant Soren.
Former Union minister Subodh Kant Sahai said Jharkhand had reached the boiling point and opined that the amendments were made to usurp agricultural lands to benefit the industrial houses that funded the BJP during last general elections. “Raghubar Das has been doing what Narendra Modi wants, he is a copy cat and dances to his tune,” quipped Sahai.
“Raghubar Das has got a chance to rectify the mistakes done and should think in the interest of the people. Any further attempt to push through the government agenda will boomerang on him,” Sahai said. “Samay rehte hi chet jaye,” he warned and said the Congress party would agitate if the government repeated the same mistake.
The leaders warned that the government should not involve itself in tricks and try differently to reintroduce the bill separately in the assembly.
Hemant cautioned that the state would burn if the government dared again and threatened to hit the roads in a big way pointing towards the resentment and opposition that poured out on road ever since the bills were passed in November last year.
More than 200 social organisations had submitted in writing or expressed their concern to the governor, said Sahai.
He also said the local residential and employment policy should also be reviewed. Outsiders have become locals and were getting jobs, while the sons of the soil are left behind and toiling, he said.