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Jan Andolan Party hopes for land rights talk with State

JAP hopes for land rights talk

Vivek Chhetri
Darjeeling, Feb. 24: The Jan Andolan Party today said it was hopeful that the state will start a dialogue with the leaders on granting land rights to tea garden and cinchona plantation residents before the model code of conduct is in place.

Yesterday, JAP leaders had met Arup Biswas, the state sports and youth affairs minister, in Siliguri.

Amar Lama, bureau member, JAP, today told The Telegraph: "We are very hopeful that the state government will initiate a dialogue... very soon. We are hopeful that it will happen before the model code of conduct is enforced."

More than 70 per cent of the nearly 8.75 lakh people in the region reside in tea gardens and cinchona plantations.

The Parcha Patta Demand Committee, a frontal organisation of JAP, had launched an indefinite protest here on February 17 demanding a dialogue with the state on the issue.

Today, JAP president Harka Bahadur Chhetri who visited the dharna venue said: "We will definitely contest the Assembly polls. On December 15, 2015, I had raised the land rights issue in the Assembly. We have discussed it with Arup Biswas and he will apprise the chief minister in detail. I am leaving for Calcutta today... In the Assembly, if I get an opportunity, I will discuss the matter with the chief minister."

He said: "We need to draw the state's attention from the grassroot and show the demand has support of people."

The ABGL, GNLF and CPM leaders have supported JAP by leaving comments on a register at the dharna venue.


JAP land rights committee to meet minister Biswas

1:54 PM
The Parza Patta Demand Committee, a frontal organisation of the newly-formed Jan Andolan Party which has started an indefinite dharna, has said it will meet Hills Affairs minister Arup Biswaswith the demand for land rights of tea garden and cinchona plantation workers and those residing in forest areas. The committee members today also said they would decide on the future of the ongoing agitation in accordance with the minister’s response, who they will meet on Tuesday in Siliguri.

The PPDC has started an indefinite relay dharna in front of the district administration office from February 17 and a signature campaign among the public. PPDC convener Sudeep Karki said, “Nearly 75 per cent of the hill population resides in tea garden and cinchona plantation areas. They have been working since decades, but they still continue to be denied land rights that mean so much to them. This is the reason we are stressing on giving these people their parza-patta.” When reminded that various trade unions of the hills have also taken up the same demand over the years, the PPDC convener said, “Of course, there are many trade unions that have raised this issue. But it must be remembered that these unions have not focused or given top priority to the land right demand. There are other problems in the tea garden and cinchona plantation areas, which is why the trade unions’ focus has been diverted. Our committee, on the other hand, has been formed specifically to take forward the parza-patta issue.”
land rights committee
The PPDC was formed on November 23 last year to demand for the parza patta and affiliated itself with the JAP when this new political party came into being a couple of months ago. “Our dharna has reached the sixth day today, but we are yet to receive a response from the state government. We want to start a dialogue regarding our demand and a delegation will leave for Siliguri tomorrow to meet the minister. We will see what kind of response we get from him and accordingly, decide whether to intensify our ongoing agitation or not,” said Karki. He also said the number of participants in the ongoing agitation would be increased in the coming days to create pressure on the district administration and the state government.

“Each day, we have about 40-45 participants from different tea gardens. We intend to increase the number to at least 1,000 in the days ahead,” Karki said. Speaking about the signature campaign that started on February 20, he said, “Till now, we have already collected signatures of about 700 people in support of our demand. We have also started the signature campaign in some tea gardens. This will continue till the coming Sunday by when we hope to collect about 12,000 signatures. We will send the signatures to the chief minister to show the popular support for our demand.”


JAP's Parza Patta Committee starts dharna demanding Land rights

10:34 AM
Darjeeling 17 Feb 2016: The Parza Patta Committee which is the frontal organization of the recently formed political outfit the Jan Andolan Party today started an indefinite relay dharna in front of the district administration office making it their first ever agitation program of the party in the hills which till now has only been concentrating in public and indoor meetings.

The JAP Bureau member Amar Lama said, “Land rights has been a long standing demand of people living in forests, cinchona and tea gardens.

Most of them have been living in these places for more than 100 years but do not have a land of their own. According to the law the land belongs to them and there are provisions in the Land Acquisition Act regarding this. When the GTA Accord was signed we had hoped that in the interim arrangement something would be done in this regards but nothing happened.”

“We want that the area of land in which they are staying in presently the government should settle it accordingly and want the government to start the process. If some tea gardens agree to this it will automatically put pressure to other gardens. We want to start a dialogue with the government due to which we have started this peaceful program of dharna from today onwards. We will see what the reaction of the government is and if nothing happens we will launch other programs which will also be peaceful and democratic in nature,” said Lama who added that due to this being examination time they were not using any loudspeakers of any kind in their program.
JAP's Parza Patta Committee demand Land rights
JAP's Parza Patta Committee demand Land rights 
Echoing his words the Parza Patta Committee convener Sudeep Karkisaid, “Our organization was formed way back in November 23rd with the demand of land rights when the JAP had also not been formed but later on we got attached with the party and today we are together starting this relay dharna which will be done until we get a response from the government.”

Political observers feel that the JAP who will be contesting in the upcoming Bidhan Sabha elections will focus on the issue of land rights to gain public support from people living in the tea gardens and the cinchona area with a major chunk of population in the hills living there.

Today the dharna which started from 11 in the morning had 11 women and 18 boys participating in it from different places like Takdah, Teesta, BaraPubung. After 24 hours another set of people will sit in the dharna.

The JAP president Harka Bahadur Chettri was not present today.

When contacted the Darjeeling district magistrate Anurag Srivastavsaid, “The matter is something related to government policy but we will forward the matter of their demand to the concerned department.”


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