Why CSR activities for Adivasi by Arcelor Mittal and the Church in Jharkhand
A group of journalist and writers, who happen to be all Adivasis, have recently challenged the Catholic Church institutions here in Jharkhand for acting as ancillaries to Corporations.
Through a press conference here in Ranchi on 20th April they have given an ultimatum to the Don Bosco Fathers to pull-out of a project to train Adivasis in technical skills as the training was being funded by Arcelor Mittal, the world's biggest steel manufacturer.
The Corporation is desperate to get the lands of the Adivasis to build their Steel Plant, and are using all means to browbeat the land owners. Well organised and militant they have resisted the entry of the Company.
This is not the first instance of Church - Corporate bon homme. XLRI in Jamshedpur, XISS in Ranchi for decades have been serving as ancilaries to the Corporate world. Corporates including the World Bank hire these institutions to conduct 'displacement' surveys, produce reports, train personnel etc.
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