Tripura seeks special package of Rs 8389.71 Cr for tribal area development

Agartala, Jan 3 The state council of ministers in an unscheduled meeting headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb recently approved the proposal of Rs 8389.71 crorer under various projects for socio-economic, cultural and linguistic development of indigenous people of Tripura as per pre-poll commitment of BJP.

The tribal based Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT) had forged alliance with BJP in last assembly election held February last year and accordingly in September last year Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a high power committee headed by it’s Special Secretary (Internal Security) Rina Mitra and senior officials of different ministries and the state government.

The committee was assigned to recommend the action plan and strategies to address the developmental problems of socio-economic, cultural and linguistic issues. The committee had detailed discussion on the issues with different stakeholders of the state and also accepted a large number of memorandums from different political parties, intellectuals and social organisations about socio-economic, cultural and linguistic issues of tribal people.

The tribal welfare minister of Tripura Mevar Kr Jamatia said that the committee had taken a note on the silent points of the charter of demands raised by different stakeholders and organisations and subsequently sent it to the state government for it’s view and action plan to address the issues for holistic development of the tribal communities.
“Upon receipt the communiqué from MHA, the same set has been distributed among different departments of the state seeking their suggestions to address the problems of the indigenous people of the state and as many as 26 departments have laid out a detail plan of action for implementing the development projects for the communities, which was presented before the cabinet,” Jamatia said.

He pointed out that in few issues raised before the committee like filling up the reserved posts for scheduled tribe and scheduled caste candidates in different government departments in a time bound manner and solve the land issues of tribal, the state government decided to initiate a special recruitment drive for filling up the vacancies of reserved categories.
“The state government is taking steps for holistic amendments of Tripura Land Record and Land Reform Act 1960 and four members’ expert committee has been constituted for suggesting suitable amendment considering the grievances tribal people and directed to submit the report within next three months; so that the government can move ahead with the necessary amendments in the assembly,” Jamatia said.

He further maintained that to implement the projects for development of the tribal people needs a huge amount of money, which is not available in the state budget and not possible for the state to mobilize the amount from it’s own resources because these project activities were not something special or extra-ordinary. Had those issues addressed by the government time to time since beginning – today these demands would not come.

“Actually, in last three decades there was no initiative of need based project implementation for tribal area development in Tripura and now this has appeared to be a big task for the government. So, we have sought a special package of Rs 8389.71 crore from the centre to implement the project and we are hopeful, central government will certainly consider it,” Jamatia added.

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