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Tirkey pins hopes on Cong

Ranchi, Feb. 15: Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch member Bandhu Tirkey today claimed that a move to form an alternative government in the state would gain momentum soon after Jharkhand’s interim budget for the next fiscal was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Tirkey, said that a majority of the legislators belonging to Congress, JMM, RJD and smaller parties did not approve fresh Assembly elections at this juncture and that the Congress high-command’s decision on the issue was eagerly being awaited.

Addressing a news conference, he said, “We are quite hopeful about formation of an alternative government. Execution of such a major decision does take time. There is no need to dissolve the Assembly, now in suspended animation, in the larger interests of the people. The Congress high command is also aware of it.”

Earlier, Tirkey met Governor Syed Ahmed and advisers Madhukar Gupta and K.Vijay Kumar and apprised them of the problems being faced by the peopleof the state. He was accompanied by Rashtriya Kalyan Paksha member Chamra Linda.

They drew their attention towards irregularities in the transfer of tribal and government land and alleged denial of constitutional rights to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

“We demand a CBI probe into the transfer of tribal land in violation of Chhotanagpur Tenancy Act. Erring officials too should be taken to task. The tribals should be given loans by banks in lieu of their land holdings and tribal advisory council meetings should be held regularly,” he added.

Tirkey also advocated the need to launch awareness drives for Aadhaar card registration and said that registration centres should be set up in every panchayat so that the poor are able to get the benefits of welfare schemes.

In competitive examinations conducted by Jharkhand Public Service Commission, candidates should be allowed to write their answers in Urdu.

Tirkey also sought the creation of two new blocks _ Kakaria and Narkopi. He proposed that the Kakaria block may cover five panchayats of Lapung block, while Narkopi could cover six panchayats under existing Mander, Bero and Chanho blocks of Mander Assembly constituency.

This apart, he said that the temporary police outpost in Kakaria be made a regular police outpost and that it be provided with a vehicle to enable it to carry out routine affairs.