Pledge call for nominees

– Election heat & dust in Ranchi, Dhanbad
ACHINTYA GANGULY
Unwilling to accept pre-poll party manifestos on the grounds that they may be riddled with tall promises, social organisations and intellectuals will hold a meeting in Ranchi on November 20 to demand “commitment” from aspiring MLAs across party lines to properly implement pro-people acts and schemes.
Economist Jean Drèze, activists Stan Swami, Dayamani Barla, Balram and journalist-turned-activist Faisal Anurag as well as outfits Jharkhand Gyan Bigyan Manch, Yuva Jharkhand and Adivasi-Mulvasi Adhikar Raksha Sangh are among those constituting Jan Ailan Manch that wants politicians to promise their commitment to people-friendly causes.
Announcing this at a news meet at XISS this afternoon, the umbrella Manch listed key acts and schemes related to right to food, education, forest produce, as well as rural employment guarantee, health and rehab of the displaced.
“Implementation of National Food Security Act has been deferred in Jharkhand for no valid reason,” said Balram, state advisor to Supreme Court appointed commissioners on food-related cases. “Provisions of the Act should be implemented in public distribution system and mid-day meal scheme.”
Stan Swami alleged tribals living in harmony with forests for centuries were now being deprived of their rights to forest produce and implicated in false charges.
Anurag stressed the need to ensure the right of youngsters to pursue education in their mother tongue. He also called for implementation of Right to Education Act in government and private schools.
Barla, who unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections as an AAP candidate from Khunti, raised the issue of displacement.
“Proper rehab of persons already displaced must be ensured and no fresh land acquisition be considered without the gram sabha’s consent,” she added.
They also added that funds allotted under tribal sub-plan should never be diverted for other purposes.
“We have started approaching political parties to attend our November 20 meeting. The response so far has been positive,” Anurag said.
“This type of campaign should be a continuous process to monitor the functioning of people’s elected representatives,” Drèze signed off.

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