The ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government for encroaching on the rights of the tribal community. For this, the party has made the basis of the Forest Conservation Rule 2022 (Forest Conservation Rule – 2022) brought by the Central Government recently and the party said that implementing the rule will have a horrific impact on people living in forest and near forest.
Addressing a press meet at the party’s newly build headquarter in the State Capital on Saturday, JMM General Secretary cum Spokesperson, Supriyo Bhattacharya said that if this rule is passed by the Parliament and becomes a law, then 200 million people of the Country, including the tribals of Jharkhand who are completely dependent on forests, will be directly affected by it. JMM demands that the Central Government should give permission for euthanasia to these 20 crore people at the same time,” he added.
Bhattacharya said that in the earlier Forest Rights Act 2006, the permission of the Gram Sabha had to be taken on everything related to the forest but in the new law, the rights of the forest on the states have been made only a formality, including the permission of the Gram Sabha.
The JMM leader has focused on seven types of impact after the introduction of the new Forest Conservation Act. Which are mainly Ecological Impact, Zoological Impact, Social Impact, Religious Impact, Economic Impact, Topological Impact and Demographic Impact.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressing his objections regarding the Forest Conservation Rules 2022. He urged to change it. Hemant Soren talked about the arrangements to protect the rights of the tribal communities living in the forests of the country.
Hiiting hard on BJP Bhattacharya said that about 32 tribals of Jharkhand including 18 natives are dependent on forests. “The BJP Government at the Center is working to make these forest-dependent people dependent on corporate houses. The forest is natural. It cannot be created. It is clear that the people who sell airports, trains, and banks have made preparations to sell nature as well,” he added.
“This issue is not only related to Jharkhand but also to tribal and forest-dominated states like Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. JMM will work for a comprehensive discussion on this issue in the coming days,” said Bhattacharya.