International Tribal Day: Mamata demands central law to protect Adivasis land rights
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called on the Center to immediately enact legislation to protect the land rights of the Adivasis by prohibiting the transfer of their lands to non-tribal communities. The president of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) said that such protections exist in Bengal.
Banerjee raised the demand for a central law during her visit to Jhargram District, where she attended an International Tribal Day program. The TMC leader also matched footsteps with local women performing an adivasi dance. Banerjee also wore traditional tribal attire over his sari and played the dhamsa (a traditional percussion instrument).
“The rights of tribes must be protected. We have taken all measures for the development of tribal communities in our state. Almost 95 percent of the tribal population of Jhargram received benefits from state government programs. We have also created a separate department for the welfare of the tribes and to ensure the protection of their land rights. Tribal lands cannot be transferred to Bengal. A law to protect the land rights of tribals across the country is expected to be passed by the Center, ”Banerjee said at the event.
Thanking the people of Jhargram for supporting his party in the last parliamentary elections, the leader of the TMC said: “I want to thank you all for your blessings. If we made a mistake, we will correct it.
She added, “We have built superspecialized hospitals, colleges and universities in the region. Our government has officially recognized the Alchiki language. The ‘Duare Sarkar [government at doorsteps]”The project was also a huge success in this area. Thanks to ‘Duare Sarkar’, we reached over three million people. Beneficiaries of the ‘Lakhi Bhandar’ program, which aims to provide basic income assistance to women heads of household, will begin to receive the allowance from 1 September.
Although the BJP swept the Jangalmahal region, of which Jhargram is a part, in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the TMC managed to rebuild their organization in the region to overcome the fault and won 29 of the 40 Assembly seats in the region in this year’s state elections. .