Jamshedpur : In order to press their demand of special status for Jharkhand, State unit of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) will launch a day-long economic blockade on March 7 across the State. The idea is to built pressure on the Central Government, an economic blockade will be enforced in the State on March 7 during which the party workers will interrupt the movement of minerals from some fixed locations in the State.
State BJP president Ravindra Rai “We struggled for the formation of a separate state and are proud to be in a state with the richest mineral reserves. But owing to central norms, the state cannot utilize its own resources. Several thousand people have already expressed their willingness to join the movement.” The party needed to expedite the organisational and associational activities in the districts, he added.
Rai said that the coming two months were crucial for the party during which the workers would try to establish direct contact with the people in the State.
“We are campaigning to persuade the Centre to grant Jharkhand a ‘special status’. There are several factors that support our demand. Jharkhand has 29 per cent of the forest land while the national average is only 22 per cent. The mineral-rich Jharkhand has long been exploited. More than 50 percent of the state’s population lives below the poverty line. We will fight for special status,” noted another leader.
Shedding more light on the factors favouring special status the senior leader said that around 67 percent area of the state has minerals. But most of the iron ore are exported to different states using the infrastructure of Jharkhand while the maintenance cost is bear by the State only. He also said that since most of the Public Sector Units have headquarters in major cities outside the State Jharkhand incurs a lossx of Rs 10,000 crores.
He claimed that the Central Government is not concern about effective human development in Jharkhand or else it would have accorded the special status to the state and allotted additional funds by now. Goswami noted that funds allocated under the special status category would play major role to ensure inclusive growth of Jharkhand.