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Why JMM open a front against Tata Group in Jamshedpur?

Public Lokpal
November 21, 2021

Why JMM open a front against Tata Group in Jamshedpur?


Jamshedpur: The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has started a protest against the decision to shift its office in Jamshedpur from the capital of Jharkhand to Pune in Maharashtra. JMM party workers and several of its MLAs including Ramdas Soren (Ghatshila), Sanjeev Sardar (Potka) and Mangal Kalinidi (Jugsalai) have blocked the main entrance of the company in Jamshedpur. This is the first such protest related to jobs for local candidates in the private sector after the enactment of the Jharkhand State Employment Bill, which provides 75 per cent reservation to locals in private sector jobs with salaries up to Rs 40,000 per month.

The issue stems from the decision of Tata Cummins – a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Motors Limited and Cummins Inc., USA that designs and manufactures diesel engines. The JV has decided to shift its head office from Jamshedpur to Pune. JMM activists allege that this will increase unemployment in the region and the state in particular, although the company vehemently denies the allegation.

On 16 November, Tata Sons Chairman N. In a letter to Chandrasekaran, Ramdas Soren wrote: “The Government of Jharkhand provided its land, minerals, water and human resources to Tata companies for the upliftment of local tribals. The 'promise' of employment, education and health facilities turned out to be hollow". He also sought withdrawal of the company's decision to shift its office to Pune.