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JMM: What kind of adivasi pride Modiji is talking about without giving them their rights, asks ruling party

Ranchi: Ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has welcomed Narendra Modi government’s announcement to celebrate tribal icon Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas with caution and demanded the Centre to include Sarna code, a long pending demands of tribals, in the nationwide census to give adivasis identity and pride. November 15 is also an occasion when Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar. This year, state will be celebrating its 21st foundation day. 

Addressing a press conference on Friday, JMM’s central general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharjee said, “We welcome Modi government’s announcement of celebrating Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas but with caution. More than genuine welfare and upliftment of tribals in the country, Modiji is again resorting to event management keeping future elections in mind.”

He demanded to Union government to fulfill the demand of inclusion of Sarna code in the census. Notably, Hemant Soren government passed a resolution from the assembly last year and forwarded it to President of India via governor. In September this year, Tribes Advisory Council (TAC), apex advisory body of the state helmed by Soren, also passed a formal proposal for sending to President. That same month, Soren had also led an all party delegation to meet union home minister Amit Shah for caste based census and Sarna code.

He said, “Tribals are followers of sarna (nature worshippers) but the Modi government has denied them their basic right by not including Sarna code in the census  despite state government and TAC’s recommendation.”

He also cited how tribals under Modi regime in the country were battling for existence. “Tribals in Assam’s tea estate are still not included in Scheduled Tribes list. In Jharkhand, PESA laws and provisions of fifth schedule of the constitution to safeguard tribals are still not implemented. What kind of Gaurav Diwas Modiji is talking about?,” he questioned.