Featured Image: A file photo of Jhargram railway station in Maoist-hit Jungle Mahal in West Bengal.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 25 August: IT’s been over four years since Mamata Banerjee announced financial aid and jobs for families of Maoist-victims in the Jungle Mahal areas in Bengal but a section of them are yet to get the benefits.
To convey their grievances to the Chief Minister, a group of people from such families in Jhargram, West Midnapore, turned up at the Bengal state secretariat Nabanna on Tuesday.
With Miss Banerjee currently on a tour of Darjeeling along with all senior secretariat officials, they had to return empty-hand by submitting to the police a request for an appointment in the immediate future. In the absence of a prior appointment, the police today did not allow them an entry beyond the security-gate.
There are some 36 Maoist-victim families, who allege that they have neither received the monthly stipend nor job that Miss Banerjee had announced during her first visit to Jungle Mahal in July 2011 after she became the Chief Minister.
They have formed an organisation named Maobadi Akranto Parivar Kalyan Samiti to further their cause. One of those who turned up at Nabanna on Tuesday alleged that their repeated appeals to the local administration in Jhargram have fallen to the deaf ears and thus they have been compelled to knock Miss Banerjee’s door.