Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) threatens economic stir against Tatas on tax jurisdiction

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It has been reported that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Friday threatened to set up an economic blockade against Tata Steel, Tata Motors and other functional units of the Tata Sons if the conglomerate doesn’t agree to their demands within 20 days.

Days after leading protests against the Tata Cummins‘ proposal to shift its tax jurisdiction to Pune from Jharkhand, JMM lawmakers from Kolhan division warned the conglomerate of the blockade if they did not pay heed to the party’s demands.

which includes shifting the headquarters of Tata Cummins to Jamshedpur and hiring Adivasi and moolvasi workers in 75% of all its total vacancies.

The Economic Blockade

“We are giving a 20-day ultimatum to the Tata group to fulfill our demands, else the party will be compelled to launch economic blockade,” JMM’s Ghatshila MLA Ramdas Soren said. The MLA further said that the decision was taken in a meeting of eight JMM lawmakers from the Kolhan division on Thursday.

At the meeting, which was chaired by JMM vice-president and state transport minister Champai Soren, it was agreed that the raw materials will not be allowed into the factories and finished goods won’t be let out in the economic blockade.

“All Tata group companies that are operating in Kolhan, including Tata Steel and Tata Motors, will face economic blockade,” the company said.

Adivasis and Moolvasis

Champai has also been nominated to speak with chief minister Hemant Soren and seek his intervention into the matter. Speaking to TOI on Friday.

Champai said, “The purpose of the agitation is to make sure that the factories operating here should have its corporate office at the same place and Adivasis and moolvasis get priority in employment.”

He added, “Since we are in the government, it is our responsibility to secure the future of Adivasi and moolvasi boys and girls.”

While the conglomerate remained silent on the issue, a senior official on anonymity said, “Tata Sons will look into the matter.” (times of india)