Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda is not willing to intervene directly on the ongoing agitation and economic blockade against Panem Coal Mines Limited in Pakur district by Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) and the Congress which is continuing for the last fifteen days.
Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal has recently written a letter to Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Muda requesting him to find out a solution to the ongoing agitation against the Panem Coal Minies
Limited at its work site in Pakur distict. The agitation and the economic blockade has caused total disruption of coal supplies to the three power plants of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB).
Acting on the letter of the Punjab chief minister, Munda has directed the chief secretary S K Chaudhary and the home secretary J B Tubid to keep a close eye on the developments in Pakur.
The agitation against Panem Coal Mines Limited, a joint venture of the PSEB and EMTA Group Companies entered its 15th day on Sunday.
The agitation was initiated by former chief minister and chief of JVM Babulal Marandi.The Congress which had earlier dissociated with the JVM on various issues has now joined the JVM agitation against Panem.
The AICC secretary and Congress Jharkhand in-charge, Asha Kumari visited the dharna venue at Pachuara village, where Stephen Marandi of the Congress and Babulal Marandi of the JVM have been sitting on dharna for indefinite period.
Acting on the letter of the Punjab chief minister, chief minister Munda had directed the chief secretary S K Choudhary and the principal home secretary J B Tubid to keep a close eye on the developments in Pakur.
Meanwhile, after receiving some documents submitted by the JVM principal general secretary Pradeep KumarYadav, the commercial taxes and mines and geology departments has agreed to send senior officials to Amrapara to probe the reported evasion of taxes and royalty by Panem.
The present agitation against Panem Coal Mines Limited has started by the JVM for non-execution of an MoU signed between Panem and the displaced people in 2006. JVM supremo Babulal Marandi alleged that the Panem management did not implement the terms and conditions incorporated in the MoU. Rehabilitation package for the displaced persons and others benefits like hospital and school were not yet provided.
The contract has been put on hold and further payments have been stopped
Only 96 mines in the state are in a working state- less than a sixth of a total of 601 leases