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The state council of ministers, in an unscheduled meeting headed by Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb on Tuesday, approved a proposal of Rs 8389.71 crore under various projects for the development of tribals and sought funds from the Centre.
The tribal-based Indigenous Peoples' Front of Tripura (IPFT) had forged an alliance with BJP in the last assembly election held in February, 2018 and accordingly, in September. 2018, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) constituted a committee headed by its special secretary (internal security) Rina Mitra and senior officials of different ministries and the state government.
The committee was assigned to recommend an action plan and strategies to address development problems. It had detailed discussions on the same with different stakeholders and also accepted a large number of memorandums from different political parties, intellectuals and social organisations in this regard.
Tribal welfare minister Mevar Kr Jamatia said the committee had taken note of the salient points of the charter of demands raised by the stakeholders and organisations and subsequently sent it to the state government for its views and action plan to address these issues for holistic development of tribal communities.
"Upon receipt of the communique 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. As many as 26 departments have laid out a detailed plan of action for implementing the development projects for the communities, which was presented before the cabinet," Jamatia said.

He further pointed out that to address a few issues raised before the committee, like filling up reserved posts for Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste candidates in different government departments in a time-bound manner and to solve the land issues of tribals, the state government has decided to initiate a special recruitment drive.

"The state government is taking steps for holistic amendments to the Tripura Land Record and Land Reform Act, 1960, and a four-member expert committee has been constituted for suggesting suitable amendments, considering the grievances of tribal people and directed to submit the report within three months so that the government can move ahead with the necessary amendments in the assembly," Jamatia said.

He added that to implement such projects, the state needs huge funds, which is not available in the state budget. "Funds cannot be mobilised from the state's own resources as the project activity is not something extraordinary. Had these issues been addressed by the government from time to time since the beginning, today these demands would not come," he said. 

Sorce: TOI