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Tribal bodies call for Jharkhand bandh on Dec 29 for domicile policy

A clutch of tribal organisations have called a Jharkhand bandh on December 29 to press for a domicile policy to identify local people and a policy for recruitment of locals in state jobs.

ranchi Updated: Dec 20, 2015 13:43 IST
Saumya Mishra
Saumya Mishra
Hindustan Times
Jharkhand bandh,Adivasi Moolvasi Janadhikar Manch,Raju Mahto

A clutch of tribal organisations have called a Jharkhand bandh on December 29 to press for a domicile policy to identify local people and a policy for recruitment of locals in state jobs.

They demanded development of tribal and regional languages and their introduction in competitive exams. Their demands also include check on migration of people to other states in search of livelihood and trafficking of poor tribal girls, an end to displacement of people in the name of development projects and rehabilitation those already displaced.

“We are not against development, but it should be inclusive and should take into account our fundamental rights too,” Raju Mahto, convener of the Adivasi Moolvasi Janadhikar Manch, said on Saturday.

“Over the years, many people have been displaced to make way for new projects. The government should think about their livelihood as well.”

“None of the previous governments paid attention to our demands and even CM Raghubar Das gave us false assurance when he promised to implement a domicile policy on November 15, the state foundation day,” said Sital Ohdar, president of Kurmi Vikas Morcha.

After winning the 2014 assembly polls, Das had announced that the NDA government would place a domicile policy in the assembly.

The Hemant Soren government had drafted a policy after a study of policies of other states and an all-party meet. The policy was shelved due to change of regime.

First Published: Dec 20, 2015 13:42 IST