Jharkhand: BJP, Congress criticise JMM’s 100% job quota demand | Ranchi News

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JAMSHEDPUR: The demand raised by some JMM MLAs from East Singhbhum district to reserve 100% jobs in both government and private sectors in Jharkhand for Adivasis and Moolvasis has come under severe criticism from BJP and ruling alliance partner Congress.
The demand was particularly raised by Ghatsila MLA and senior JMM leader Ramdas Soren after Tata Steel, formerly TISCO, came out with an advertisement on trade apprenticeship. The central party leadership also said they are backing the demand so that Jharkhand get at least 75% reservation in the private sector. Later, the company said it will look into the demands made by Ramdas.
Prominent among those who criticised the the demand are former BJP heavyweight and now Independent MLA from Jamshedpur (East) Saryu Rai, BJP Jamshedpur mahanagar president Gunjan Yadav, and senior Congress leader and state finance minister Rameshwar Oraon.
Talking to TOI over the issue, JMM central general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharjee said, “In our manifesto for the assembly polls, we had clearly said jobs in both private and public sectors should be 75% reserved for Adivasis and Moolvasis. The party fully backs the demand raised by Ramdas and other MLAs of East Singhbhum region so that Moolvasis and Adivasis get 100% reservation of jobs in private companies.”
Bhattacharjee brushed aside the allegations levelled by another tribal party and BJP ally, Ajsu-P, that JMM was raising such a demand as the Hemant Soren government has failed to provide its promised five lakh jobs every year.
Senior JMM leader and transport minister Champai Soren, who in past had led several agitations in the Adityapur industrial belt to press for the reservation of Adivasis and Moolvasis in private jobs, said the demands were justified and should be implemented.
However, state Congress president Rameshwar Oraon said: “In our manifesto, we have said new private companies coming up in Jharkhand should recruit 75% locals.” He said talks are on in this regard after the formation of the government in 2019.
He added that Congress has not taken any rigid stand on hiring only Adivasis and Moolvasis. Oraon termed the demand raised by JMM MLAs in Jamshedpur as a decision of their party and Congress has nothing to do with it. “Private companies are independent to take decisions. Only moral persuasion can be done, but no law should be thrust on them to decide their hiring process,” he added.
East Singhbhum district Congress president Bijay Khan said, “Has the Soren government come to power by only securing Adivasi votes?” During elections, JMM seeks votes from all but when it comes to power, it works for the interest of only Adivasis, which is not fair.”
He added, “If only Adivasis and Moolvasis get jobs in Jharkhand, what will others do? Congress is always standing like a pillar behind the Adivasis to protect their rights but the party does not advocate to steal others rights.”
BJP Jamshedpur mahanagar president Gunjan Yadav said JMM is trying to create division among people by raising the demand. On Tata Steels‘ hiring process, he said, “Since the inception of the company here, people from all over the country have come and settled in Jharkhand and worked for its growth. People have lived in harmony and now JMM is trying to sow the “insider-outsider” seed to divide them.”
Independent MLA Saryu Rai said private companies are independent and can decide on their hiring policies. “Tata Steel should be given a free hand to decide whom to recruit and no party has the right to interfere in this.”
Rai, a former minister in the Raghubar Das cabinet and began his political career in Bihar, said every private company big or small should hire the best candidate according to his or her merit.
Senior JD(U) leader Sharda Devi, too, said jobs in private companies should be open to all and there should be no kind of reservation.

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