Ranchi, Oct 25: Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh today assured chief minister Hemant Soren that he would do everything possible to help Jharkhand get its due from Coal India Limited.
Ramesh, who held a one-to-one meeting with Hemant at the chief minister’s office at Project Building this afternoon, promised support for the overall growth of the state.
He admitted that Jharkhand’s demands for compensation against government land leased to CIL was justified, adding that he had already spoken to the CIL chairman, the Union coal minister and the Union coal secretary on the issue.
After becoming the chief minister about three and a half months back, Hemant demanded that CIL should compensate the state government in lieu of government land used for mining. He also objected to CIL not renewing expired lease deeds.
Though he did not specify the compensation package, but Hemant hinted that it should be in tune with the ones being given to private land donors.
In fact, former land revenue minister Mathura Prasad Mahto of JMM, too, had strongly raised this issue during Arjun Munda’s tenure as chief minister.
Hemant now seems to be concentrating mainly on the CIL. “If CIL subsidiaries acquire riyati land, they give both monetary and job compensation to land donors. But, nothing as such is being done for the government land. The state will get over Rs 10,000 crore compensations from the CIL alone, if this dispute is settled,” said Hemant’s political adviser Himashu Shekhar Choudhary.