JAM rejects J’khand govt`s pension to activists

Last Updated: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 18:22

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Andolankari Manch (JAM), a body of the Jharkhand activists who participated in separate Jharkhand statehood movement, on Saturday rejected the state government decision to give life-long monthly pension to the participants of separate statehood movement.
"The announcement of pension made by the chief minister
was one-sided and JAM rejects it outright," JAM Convenor Surya
Singh Besra said at a press conference here.

Besra instead demanded that an accord should be signed
only after reaching an agreement following a meeting between
the government and JAM.

Besra, said JAM wanted that the Jharkhand activists, who
sacrificed their prime time of their lives for separate
statehood cause, should be given due recognition and the
government should sign an accord with them on the line of
Assam/Bodoland/Mizoram Accords signed between AASU, All Bodo
Students Union and Mizoram leader Laldenga with their
respective state governments.

Besra alleged that the state government?s announcement of
pension was a ploy only to break the "fast unto death"
agitation launched by Jharkhand activists led by Danpati
Sardar since December 16 in Seraikela-Kharswan district.
The agitation was withdrawn last evening only after the
state Home secretary, J B Tubid assured to hold a meeting with
JAM on December 27 at Ranchi, he claimed.

The Jharkhand government had announced that "Aandolankaris
who had been jailed for over six months or more for
participating in the statehood movement will get Rs 5000 and
those who served less than six months will get Rs 3000
pension."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 18:22
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