JMM, Congress to elevate Sarna Code’s demand in Parliament

Ranchi: The partners within the ruling mahagathbandhan, JMM and Congress will make an attempt to try for the enactment of the Sarna Code through the Parliament. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) announced that a party committee will meet Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla when the Parliament is assembled next.

“The delegation will meet the Speaker and urge him to introduce a proposal for the implementation of Sarna Code nationwide,” JMM general secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya told the media on Sunday. JMM has one MP in Lok Sabha, Vijay Kumar Hansdak, from the Rajmahal parliamentary constituency. In Rajya Sabha, it has one MP in Shibu Soren.

The Congress of Jharkhand working president Rajesh Thakur said: “A delegation under state chief Rameshwar Oraon and AICC’s Jharkhand in charge RPN Singh will meet senior Congress leadership and urge them to bring up the matter in Parliament. The delegation will leave for the national capital once the state president returns to work.” Oraon is currently recovering at home from Covid 19.

On November 11, Jharkhand Assembly had unanimously upheld a House resolution seeking a separate code for Adivasis practicing Sarna religious belief and sent it to the Center. While tabling the resolution, the government had said the religious code will illustrate an exact number of Sarna followers, that can help document the population of tribal people, preservation of tribal language, culture and history.  It will help them avail their Constitutional privileges (under the 5th schedule) and rights under the tribal sub-plan.

Kiran Mondal

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