Tribal stir for tendupatta bonus further intensified and Big rally on 16th march to protest the unjust to million of tribals
Nagpur-14TH MARCH 2009
Hundred of the tendu workers are meeting loni village (kolambi fata) of yavatmal forest division
on Monday 16th March tounanimously resolve to boycott the Lok Sabha elections if bonus is not distributed to them and action was not taken against the corrupt forest officials within 15 days.
According to tendupatta mazoor samiti chairman Suresh Bolenwar, over 40 lakh
tendu workers of Vidarbha and Marathwada region of the State are still waiting for their bonus of 2007-08 season. “We have been fighting for the bonus for the last several months. We staged dharna, hunger strike and took out rallies too. But nothing has materialized,” he said “If the government won’t listen to our demand, we will boycott Lok Sabha elections,” he cautioned.Tendu workers mostly tribals are on warpath to get their legimate bonus which has been milked by local political leaders and there are masive complaints of irregulerties in bonus ditribution .vrie
Earlier last week , the Vidharbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor Tiwari led a delegation of tendu workers to chief conservator of forest Anil Mohan at his office in Nagpur and apprised him of the grave situation. In reply, Mohan promised to ensure the payment of bonus to all eligible workers within a stipulated timeframe. He also said that if the forest officials are found guilty then action will be taken against them. Later the delegation also met principal chief conservator of forest B Majumdar in his office and briefed him about corruption in bonus distribution and demanded a probe into the episode. Majumdar assured to conduct a probe but till date no action has been taken.. “The tribal tendu workers predominantly reside in Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia, Chimur, Buldhana and Amravati district in Vidharbha region and Hingoli, Nanded and Parbhani district in Marathwada region. So if they decide to boycott the elections, it will have significant effect on the overall poll result.”tiwari said . “we want that if tribals basic issues are pending for years together and not single party to raise the serious issue then what's use of casting the votes to these corrupt politicians.we are seriously doing mass compaign on this isuue too.” tiwari added.