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The infrastructure around each church-schools, colleges, hospitals and more importantly, the committed who serve in these institutions-is something any organisation would be proud of. Though the Christian population of Jharkhand is only 4 percent, it has been accused of fanning the rebellion against the land acquisition acts that Das’ government tried to bring in through the Chota Nagpur land tenancy reform bill. The government realizes that the church uses every opportunity to become the defender of the rights of tribals. And though an overwhelming number are not practising Christians, the focal point can only be provided by an organised institution like the church with its own pecking order. Thus, whether it’s the Archdeaconry or the Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh (RIM), the church leaders frequently meet the decision-makers and put forward their stand.
Notably, earlier on the directives of the Governor the state government will investigate the land owned by the church. On the directive of the Governor, the Chief Minister’s Secretariat has ordered the Department of Land Revenue to examine the land owned by the missionary organizations and the church and submit the report.
Meanwhile, in the past, the BJP MPs and MLAs had met with the Governor accusing the Church and the missionary organizations on the large scale tribal land and illegitimate land for illegal interference and endowment.
The delegation charged the missionaries and the Church in violation of the CNT-SPT Act and grabbing the land and grabbing religious mark on non-landed land. The Governor was given a memorandum handed down by the delegation to the state government and directed it to take necessary action.
In light of the direction of the Governor, the government has asked the Department of Land Revenue to investigate the land owned by the Church and Missionary Institutions located in the state and report it.
Confirmation of purchase of land in Simdega
Jatashankar Chaudhary, the then Deputy Commissioner of Simdega, has sent a report to the State Government and the Catholic Diocesan Education Society has confirmed the purchase of non-transferable land for violating the CNT Act. This land is registered in Simdega on the name of many Fathers of the Church. The Deputy Commissioner also said that the institution has illegally occupied about three acres of government land.
Vinay Joshi resident of Ratnagiri (Maharashtra) had filed a complaint against the society and bought 25 acres of land in Simdega after the name of the 26 Father of the Church. The then deputy commissioner of Simdega, Jatashankar, has investigated the matter and sent the report to the government. In addition to many other districts of the state including Khunti, Gumla, Dumka, state government have received many complaints of procuring land in violation of rules by the missionary institutions.
Later, on the instructions from the Governor, the Department of Land Revenue has been asked to examine the land of missionary institutions. After investigation, the department will send the report to the Government.

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