Strike in Ranchi to back domicile policy demand

August 9th, 2008 - 3:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Aug 9 (IANS) Schools and shops were shut here Saturday during the the dawn to dusk shutdown called by an organisation representing indigenous people to protest the holding of teachers’ examination without formulating the state’s domicile policy. Schools and shops were closed and intercity public vehicles were off the roads. Attendance was thin in government offices.

The Adivasi Moolvasi Janadhikar Manch (AMJM) gave the shutdown call Saturday to lodge their protest as they say the state government was conducting the teachers examination without formulating the domicile policy.

Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) will conduct the primary school teachers examination Sunday.

“Without formulating the domicile policy, the government is conducting the teachers examination. This way the local people will suffer and outsiders will get jobs in the state,” said R.P. Sahu, president of AMJM.

The organisation has demanded that the examination be cancelled and the domicile policy formulated on the basis of 1932 land records.

In 2002, the Jharkhand government came out with a domicile policy. According to the policy, only those people will get domicile certificate whose fathers or grandfathers names’ figure in land record of 1932. The policy was however, struck down by the high court.

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