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10-day signature campaign

Residents of Katras and Baghmara in Dhanbad have rekindled their long-pending demand for a separate subdivision — a move they claim will boost growth in their areas, improve law and order situation and spare them the hassle of travelling over 30km to Dhanbad town for all administrative and judicial work.

Under the banner of Anumandal Sangharsh Samiti, a group of activists launched a 10-day-long signature campaign on Friday to garner support. Led by councillor of the ward no. 1 of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, Vinod Goswami, over 100 people travelled to different parts of Katras and Baghmara to obtain local residents’ signatures.

Currently, there is only one subdivision in the entire district — Dhanbad subdivision that serves to over 25 lakh people.

Goswami said a subdivision office in the area would solve a lot of problems. “Currently, local residents — Katras and Baghmara have a population of five lakh — need to go to Dhanbad subdivision office for everything — right from caste, birth and death certificates to enrolment in voter’s list. If the Katras-Baghmara is granted the status of a subdivision, the people will get all these documents here,” he said.

He added it would also pave the way for setting up of a subdivisional court here, which, in turn, would improve the rate of disposal of cases.

He argued an SDPO’s office had already been functional in Baghmara and setting up an administrative subdivision with the subdivisional officer’s office would not be difficult.

Goswami said they had set a target of two lakh signatures, which they would collect during this 10-day-long drive, and would submit a memorandum to chief minister Hemant Soren in Ranchi.

The people of Katras and Baghmara have been campaigning for the cause for long. Over 100 people staged a daylong dharna at Randhir Verma Chowk on February 26 to mount pressure on the administration. They also gave an ultimatum of one month to the district administration to start the process for creation of a separate subdivision in Katras-Baghmara area.

Earlier, they had submitted memorandums to former chief minister Arjun Munda, former Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh and Giridih MP Ravindra Pandey in this regard, but to no avail.

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