CPI(M) to bring privilege motion for Forest Bill

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Jamshedpur, Dec 15 (UNI) The Communist Party of India(Marxist) today demanded holding of Panchayat elections in Jharkhand and accused the state government of delaying the polls.

Briefing newspersons about the resolutions adopted in the second day of the party's three-day state level convention, party Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat, MP, said the state had been facing many problems for the lack of panchyat system, including proper implementation of development schemes like National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes (NAREG).

The meet also adopted resolution to uplift the standard of life of the tribals and fight for their rights, Ms Karat said.

She said the party was supporting the Forest Bill and she would bring a privilege motion against the department secretary if the Bill is not tabled in Parliament in January next year.

The party also demanded to accord Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the tribals of Assam and condemned the stripping of a tribal woman in Guwahati on November 24 during a protest rally of tribals, Ms Karat said.

Ms Karat said the party also expressed concern over underground fire in the coal belt of Jharia and said it should be treated as national disaster. ''I shall personally visit Jharia and put pressure on the Centre to initiate action to control the under ground fire,'' she added.

To a question, the Communist leader denied that the Leftitsts were adopting a dual policy on the Indo-US nuke deal and said the matter was kept before the Nuclear Agreement Committee and the party would announce its decision after the committee's report on the issue.

She also denied withdrawal of support to the UPA government at this juncture. ''It's not prudent to push the country to mid-term poll at the behest of the communal forces,'' Ms Karat said.


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