Jharkhand Assembly session uproarious over Panem Coal mines agitation

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 03, 2012 22:00 hrs

The winter session of the Jharkhand Assembly on Monday witnessed an uproar scene on Monday over ongoing agitation and economic blockade against Panem Coal Mines Limited.The MLAs from Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) disturbed the House proceedings for a long time and the Speaker had to adjourn the House thrice.

The agitating MLAs did not allow the chief minister Arjun Munda to reply to the answers of the questions submitted to the Speaker by the MLAs. However, the House passed the supplementary budget for 2012-13 by voice votes.

The MLAs from the alliance partner of the Arjun Munda government, All Jharkhand Students’ Union (Ajsu) that was floated by the deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto also sat in dharna with placards outside the House against non-implementation of development schemes and resettlement of displaced people.

The agitation of the JVM and the Congress against Panem Coal Mines received more impetuous from the letter of the Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal who had recently written a letter to Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Muda requesting him to find out a solution to the ongoing agitation against the Panem Coal Minies Limited at its work site in Pakur distict. The agitation and the economic blockade has created total disruption of coal supplies to the three power plants of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).

Acting on the letter of the Punjab chief minister, Munda has directed the chief secretary S K Chaudhary and the home secretary J B Tubid to keep a close eye on the developments in Pakur.

The agitation against Panem Coal Mines Limited, a joint venture of the PSEB and EMTA Group Companies entered its 16th day on Monday. The agitation was initiated by former chief minister and chief of JVM Babulal Marandi.The Congress which had earlier dissociated with the JVM on various issues has now joined the JVM agitation against Panem.

Acting on the letter of the Punjab chief minister, chief minister Munda had directed the chief secretary S K Choudhary and the principal home secretary J B Tubid to keep a close eye on the developments in Pakur.

Meanwhile, after receiving some documents submitted by the JVM principal general secretary Pradeep KumarYadav, the commercial taxes and mines and geology axes and royalty by Pane.

The present agitation against Panem Coal Mines Limited has started by the JVM for non-execution of an MoU signed between Panem and the displaced people in 2006. JVM supremo Babulal Marandi alleged that the Panem management did not implement the terms and conditions incorporated in the MoU. Rehabilitation package for the displaced persons and others benefits like hospital and school were not yet provided.

On the contrary, Panem officials told media that the agitating leaders were “thoroughly misinformed”. The rehabilitation package worked out by the company and approved by both the state and central governments was one of the best in the country

According to an official source chief minister would not succumb to JVM’s pressure tacties. He advised the agitators to talk to the district administration in Pakur over their demands.

In a related development, JVM members paraded a march to Raj Bhavan on November 29 and submitted a memorandum to the state governor on their demands.

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