At Jharkhand, pro-tribal land laws amended amid protests

RANCHI: The Raghubar Das government on Wednesday finally managed to pass the Chotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act amendment bill 2016 through voice vote amid protests on Wednesday. The house was soon adjourned sin-e-die thereafter.

The amendment will now allow transfer of agricultural land, owned by tribals, and put it for non-agricultural use, besides allowing the government to take possession of the land for state development projects.

While chief minister Raghubar Das accused the opposition of avoiding a debate and degrading the dignity of parliamentary democracy, leader of opposition Hemant Soren counter-charged the government of misusing its majority in the house. “The speaker convened the meeting of the legislative party leaders twice in his chamber to ensure that the proceedings were conducted smoothly but the opposition was not ready to participate in the debate and they continued to disrupt the house,” Das said, expressing disappointment over the way opposition members resorted to ‘unparliamentary’ behaviour.

To protest the bill passage, for the first time, shoes were hurled at speaker Dinesh Oraon and those present in the treasury benches in the house. Several MLAs climbed up the assembly reporters table, broke chairs and hurled wheels (of the chair) on Oraon , who barely managed to escape unhurt.

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