Press Release- Jharkhand Officials summoned for child right violations


PRESS NOTE
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has summoned concerned
officers of Government of Jharkhand to appear before it on 21st May, 2013 for non compliance
with some recommendations of the Commission pertaining to child rights violations in the State.
Ms Mridula Sinha, Principal Secretary, Department of Social Welfare & Women & Child
Development, Government of Jharkhand has been summoned for non-compliance with some of
the recommendations made by the Commission on 8.10.2012 for State level actions, such as, to
tackle the situation of malnutrition, functioning of ICDS Centres, non-availability of pediatric
medicines at AWCs, Observation Homes/Special Homes and issues related to child trafficking.
Shri K. Vidyasagar, Principal Secretary, Department of Health & Medical Education, has
also been summoned for hearing on the same date in the matter of an illegal sterilization surgery
of a 16 year old boy in Kanke Public Health Centre in Ranchi District.
Dr. M. Tamil Vanan, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP),Khunti has also been
summoned on the same date in the matter of killing of a 17 year old boy by CRPF and Police
jawans under Karra Police Station in Khunti District

 

PUDR statement on possible arrest/detention of Aparna Marandi and other anti mining activists in Jharkhand


Please call Aparna Marandi’s number 09771949885 , wife of Jiten manardi who might be detained or arrested ,Lets make life hell for the cop and police station where she is, I called  her at 11pm from Mumbai just rang no one picked up, pl share

December 9, 2012

Peoples Union for Democratic Rights expresses grave concern over disappearance and a possible arrest/detention of Aparna Marandi, Baby Turi and Sushil Ekka along with two minors Alok Chand Marandi (4 years) and Satish from Hatia Railway Station in Ranchi, Jharkhand on evening of 8.12.2012 . All of them had come to this station to board Tapaswani Express in their route to Hydrabad for participating in a public convention.

It is to be noted that Aparna Marandi , Alok Chand Marandi and Satish are related to a leading cultural activist of Jharkhand Jiten Marandi as spouse, son and nephew. Both Jiten and Aparna have been relentlessly campaigning against mining interests, ‘devlopment’ led displacement as well as larger climate of repression in Jharkahand villages accompanying the operation Green Hunt. Jiten Marandi was earlier framed along with three others, by the Jharkhand police in false cases of Maoist related violence in which 19 people were killed and the lower court had awarded him and others with death sentence. The Jharkand High Court however found the charges against them unsubstantiated and had acquitted them in December 2011.

Baby Turi on the other hand is an elected representative and is Mukhiya of Jitpur panchyat in Dhanbad District of the state. Sushila Ekka is a social activist and hails from Badka village in Hazaribagh District.

PUDR strongly condemns this deplorable step of the Jharkhand Police and demands that the whereabouts of these five people be immediately made public. Securing the life and liberty of its citizen is utmost function of the government. We therefore hold Jharkhand government complicit in this mysterious disappearance and grave transgression of fundamental rights of citizens.

PUDR sees this incidence of disappearance as a chain of events that links to continuous process of repression in the state of Jharkhand, in light operation Green Hunt that has forsaken the constitutional governance in the state.

Paramjeet Singh, Preeti Chauhan
Secretaries

 

In Jharkhand, it’s the shame old coal story


DNA investigation: In Jharkhand, it’s the shame old coal story

Published: Monday, Dec 3, 2012, 10:00 IST
By Sandeep Pai | Place: Bokaro | Agency: DNA

Close on the heels of allegations that coal block allottees in Jharkhand used coal in plants outside the state, the BJP-led government is in for more embarrassment. A recent report by the local administration confirmed that Electrosteel Castings Ltd (ECL), which was allotted the Parbatpur coal block in Jharkhand, has illegally occupied more than 900 acres of government land in and around the coal block and the company’s proposed steel plant.
According to the report submitted by the deputy commissioner of Bokaro to the Jharkhand government, ECL has encroached upon 942 acres of land belonging to the state and the forest department. Of this, 477 acres are forest land located in two blocks of Chas and Chandankyari in Bokaro district.

Besides, 112 plots or parts of land belonging to villagers from Chandankyari, measuring between 0.03 acres and 3.94 acres, have allegedly been illegally occupied by the company. DNA is in possession of this list of usurped plots, which was prepared by the circle officer, Chandankyari block.

Another report, by the circle officer of the Chas block, states that in various plots, the company has levelled land of people living within the block and wrested control of it.
The two circle officers have even sent numerous notices to the company ordering that the land be returned to the villagers. Both the reports were prepared in November last year.
Despite villagers and activists’ protests against the illegal occupation of their land, the company has reneged on its promise of providing employment to those affected; a rehabilitation policy is yet to be implemented.

As per the company’s memorandum of understanding with the Jharkhand government, ECL was to chalk out and implement a resettlement policy that was superior to the state’s available schemes. However, a report by the state zilla parishad and panchayati raj committee presented on March 31 this year said, “During the course of inquiry, the committee found that neither has the company formed its own rehabilitation and resettlement policy which is better than the government’s policy nor has it implemented the resettlement policy of the state government.”

The report also noted that the company purchased land from all villagers at the same rate, by clubbing all of the plots under one category. However, there are five types of land and the rates should have been different, argued activists. The company’s intention, said the report, may have have been to save money.

DNA has a list of all plots purchased by ECL, all sold for Rs2,500 per unit to ECL by villagers. “The plots have been bought from the year 2004 to 2008. How can the rates be the same? The company has saved millions by buying land at the same rate and cheated the people,” said Dilip Tiwari, president of the Bokaro district Marxist Coordination Committee who has written numerous letters to authorities demanding higher compensation.

Vinod Singh, MLA and chairman of the committee, told DNA that there are many irregularities in the rehabilitation process.“Several villagers complained about not being provided employment as promised and several others of land being illegally taken away from them.”

His report mentions that during the inquiry, the company could not ascertain anything about how many people would be provided employment.

However, Arun Garodia, senior deputy general manager of ECL, denied that there is any problem with the relief and rehabilitation component of either the Parbatpur coal block or the proposed steel plant. Regarding the accusations of illegal occupation of land, Garodia said the state forest department had alleged that the company encroached “on or about 150 acres of forestland” for setting up the proposed steel plant. “In this regard, the state forest department filed 28 criminal cases and 10 BPLE (Bihar Public Land Encroachment)  Act cases against the company and its officials. The Jharkhand high court has quashed each and every case against the company. As such, there is no issue of encroachment upon  forestland or government land,” Garodia said.

 

ARTICLE URLhttp://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_dna-investigation-in-jharkhand-its-the-shame-old-coal-story_1772582

 

Govt not to oppose bail for top Maoist leader


 

Nov 23rd,2012
Subject: DNA – Govt not to oppose bail for top Maoist leader

 

In a bid to encourage surrender by Maoist leaders and cadres, the Centre, in consultation with the Jharkhand government, has decided not to oppose the bail plea of former CPI (Maoist) politburo member Sushil Roy on humanitarian grounds.

Terminal ill Roy is suffering from cancer and is currently going through treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.

The home ministry sources said the decision of not opposing Roy’s bail was taken after some civil rights activists met Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde a week ago and asked for Roy’s release on humanitarian grounds.

Roy, popular as comrade Som, is one of the senior most Maoist leaders and has to his credit overseeing the merger of PWG, Party Unity and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) into CPI (Maoist) in September 2004. Roy was arrested by West Bengal police on 22 May 2005 and was charged with 11 cases relating to sedition, extortion and waging war against state by West Bengal and Jharkhand governments.

By not opposing Roy bail plea, sources said, the government wants to send a positive signal to all the hardened Maoist leaders and cadres that the government will have a soft approach if they chose to surrender.

Of late, septuagenarian Roy has also advocated ceasefire between government and CPI (Maoist) to pave the way for peace talks.

The government believes that Roy’s case could prove to be a test case and ease out the way for those who now believe that they cannot humble the state through violence and killings but are unable to come out and surrender because of sheer fear.

 

 

Indian and International Organisations Condemn The Unjust Arrest of Activist Dayamani Barla


We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the unjust incarceration of journalist and human rights activist Dayamani Barla, and demand that the false cases against her be dropped and that she be released immediately. Barla was granted bail by a local court in Ranchi on October 18th, in a case related to a protest held on 25th April, 2006, demanding job cards for rural laborers under the Rural Employment Guarantee Act. However, on the day that she was supposed to be released, jail authorities announced that she had been re-arrested on a second warrant, for “obstructing government work” [1]. We learnt that on October 29th, Barla was denied bail and remains imprisoned.

We believe the reason for this incarceration is to intimidate Dayamani Barla, who is one of the leaders of the peaceful and resolute struggle of villagers against the acquisition of fertile land at Nagri, a village situated at few kilometers from the state capital, where the government wants to build IIM, IIT and National Law School campuses. As per some estimates, at least 500 tribal families will be displaced and their livelihoods will be destroyed if the land is acquired for said institutions [2], In January, the state bulldozed farms just when the winter crops, mostly potatoes and pulses, were to be harvested. Following that, the police filed FIRs against 12 villagers [3]. We find the Government of Jharkhand‘s indifferent and unjust response to this peaceful struggle appalling- some of the protesters have even expressed support for the institutions to be built, just not at the cost of the main source of villagers’ livelihood [4].

Dayamani Barla is one of the leading anti-displacement activists fighting illegal land-grab by by corporations and the government alike in various parts of Jharkhand and other parts of India.  Known as the “Iron Lady of Jharkhand,” she is one of the national conveners of the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), along with Medha Patkar and others and an Executive Committee Member of the India Social Action Forum (INSAF). She is also one of the leading voices of the Adivasi community.

[1]www.thehindu.com/news/states/other-states/activists-step-up-demand-for-dayamani-barlas-release/article4038183.ece
[2] www.countercurrents.org/alam191012.htm
[3] www.tehelka.com/story_main52.asp?filename=Ne020612Nargi.asp
[4] http://intercontinentalcry.org/nagri-peoples-fight-for-identity-and-existence/

Sincerely,

Association for India’s Development
Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha (Mazdoor Karyakarta Committee)

Fabricated.in
India Friends Association
Indian Social Action Forum
International Alliance for the Defense of Human Rights in India
Manthan Samayiki
Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan

Mining Zone People Solidarity Group

Moving Republic, Bangalore
Our Developing World
People’s Solidarity Concerns, Bangalore
PUCL, Chhattisgarh
ViBGYOR Film Collective, Thrissur

 

 

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