Ranchi: The Ranchi Catholic Archdiocese has urged Chief Minister Hemant Soren to initiate steps for implementation of Sarna/Tribal code in the state.
The Bishops of Ranchi Archdiocese, led by Archbishop Felix Toppo SJ and Auxiliary Bishop Mascarenhas SFX gave a joint memorandum for implementation of the long overdue process, saying that it was in the interest of tribals, who are still on the margin in terms of development.
The Bishops said that the tribals have been put under the scheduled caste category and the government owned the responsibility to protect their identity, ensure safety and work for providing them their due as per the Constitution.
The Articles 25, 29 and 332 of the Constitution empower the tribals enjoy their rights to seek protection of their identity and cultural distinctions from the government, the memorandum read. “These Articles of the Constitution allows tribals to have a distinctive religious code as per their traditional and cultural identity,” the memorandum said.
The memorandum, however, requested the CM not to enforce National Register for Citizenship (NRC) until the Central government completed all formalities to accord the distinctive Sarna code to tribals of Jharkhand.
Various tribal bodies have been demanding Sarna code for tribals of the state ever since Jharkhand was formed in 2000. Now, the cry for Sarna tag has started gaining the shape of a mass movement in the state with different organisations spearheading campaigns at the ground levels.