Eastern Jatha Leaves Jharkhand

Eastern Jatha Completes Journey in Jharkhand

Eastern Sangharsh Sandesh Jatha completed its Jharkhand journey on Tuesday, generating considerable interest among people.

Prakash Karat interacted with media in Koderma on Tuesday morning. He said that in Jharkhand, successive governments have served the interests of the corporates for the last thirteen years. They have allowed looting of natural resources. People of the state have been deceived.

Replying to questions, Karat said that the CPI(M) is fighting for alternative policies and not for any piecemeal alliances. Earlier, for example in 1996, United Front was formed post elections with non-Congress, non-BJP parties mainly to keep BJP out of power after Congress was defeated in elections. Apart from the unity of the Left forces, we are trying to mobilize parties on issues like FDI in retail.

To a question on merger of CPI and CPI(M) , Karat said, there were different understandings based on Marxism. This is not something like two companies merging. However, basing on ideological and political analysis, the process of interaction is there.

Different sections of people and leading activists of mass movement met CPI(M) leaders in Koderma. Elected panchayat representatives alleged that while panchayat elections were held after 35 years, no devolution of powers, funds or projects has been done. Panchayats remained non-functional.

Koderma was once the mica capital of the country. Hundreds used to work in mica mining companies, all of which, are now closed. Earlier, local people used to collect parts of broken mica from the natural dumps and sell them to dealers. But now they are not allowed to do so. State administration detains people carrying such mica. According to MICA Act 1937, local people are entitled to collect mica thinner than 3 inches. But despite that, they are not allowed. They have no alternative livelihoods. It is very difficult to cultivate lands because the soil is too hard and most of the villagers have no land of their own. Villagers from Meghatari and other nearby villages met CPI(M) leaders and explained their distress.

Saiya (ASHA) workers reported that there was no monthly allowance for them, neither any social security. Saiya workers like Pinki Kumari, Rani Kumari reported to Karat, Biman Basu and Subhashini Ali that Saiya workers work at any time of the day. It is they who cater to basic child and mother care to villagers, but there is no care for them from the government. CPI(M) leaders urged them to organize themselves, maintain co-ordination with other scheme workers.