Jamshedpur, Jan. 11: BJP’s state working committee here passed a slew of political resolutions aimed at winning confidence of tribals amidst protests by a section over recent amendments in local tenancy acts.
Speaking on the concluding day of the two day-long meeting of the state working committee at Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan, the senior party leaders resolved to request the state government to give tribal worship places a facelift and help bright and needy tribal students get loans and scholarship and ensure state patronage to tribal festivals like Sarhul, Sohrai and Baha.
Sate BJP secretary Deepak Prakash, while addressing media-persons said the party was dedicated to the welfare of the tribals and strongly believes in safeguarding and conservation of religious feelings of Adivasis.
They have resolved to request the government to not only renovate, repair and beautify the tribal worship places like Jahersthan and Sarna Stahls but also construct boundary walls around these sacred places to prevent encroachment.
Party sources revealed that the resolutions are aimed to motivate tribals and clear doubts towards BJP.
“In the last few months we have seen that the opposition parties are creating confusion among tribal people on the proposed amendments to tenancy acts and we want to show that BJP is not against tribal and is dedicated to protect their interest,” said a former state minister.
The party has also resolved to ask the state government to act as a guarantor for the poor but meritorious tribal students to facilitate in getting loans.
“We are of the opinion that the government can act as guarantor and remove hurdles in getting loans from banks for either higher studies and for starting start-ups. The government effort will also help tribal in getting loans for coaching. We are confident that our government will take it up in the coming budget,” said Hemlal Murmu party state vice-president.
The party also resolved to ask government to patronize tribal festivals. “In order to ensure our respect we have requested the government to not only organise tribal festivals like Sohrai, Sarhul and Baha in a grand manner across state but also ensure that cultural and traditional events are held at the panchayat, block and district level,” said Murmu, the BJP MP from Rajmahal.
The party reaffirmed its decision to oppose infiltration and religious conversion with its leaders taking a resolution to ask the state government to identify and act against illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh and also stop religious conversion.
“Infiltration is a major concern and we will ask government to identify infiltrators who are present in sizeable numbers in several districts and take action to cancel their citizenship,” said Deepak Prakash.
Among other resolutions taken at the party meeting, it was decided to thank the State Government for taking immediate steps to reduce suffering of masses after note recall policy of Central government aimed at preventing black money.
It also asked government to continue improving infrastructure like road, health, education, agriculture, women empowerment and employment opportunities for youths.