Agartala: Elected members of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) suggested Purna Chandra Jamatia as the Chief Executive Member on Monday. This follows speculations that Tripura royal scion and chairman Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman would not take charge of the district council. 

Speaking with EastMojo, Deb Barman said the party decided to give the responsibility to Purna Chandra Jamatia and the same was accepted by all the members.

“Purna is honest, educated, young and energetic. He can lead the council ahead with his clean image. He has sacrificed a lot and worked very hard,” Deb Barman said.

Purna Chandra Jamatia was elected from the Killa-Bagma constituency. He holds a degree in political science and has earlier worked with the ruling ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) for several years before joining TIPRA.

Deb Barman further said that his movement is for ‘Greater Tipraland’ and that he would work to accomplish the goal.

“We believe in one man, one post system in our party. There will be one leader in one-two posts in TIPRA. One person cannot always be at the helm. It was the party that has put Purna Chandra Jamatia as the Chief Executive Member,” Deb Barman added.

Deb Barman also said that he along with Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) chief Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl will take charge as the chairman and members of the administrative reforms committee and would advise the council.

“There is an advisory panel and recommendation committee which will oversee the whole administration and work of the TTAADC. We will be advising the administration and take note of their works,” Deb Barman said.

“The council will be transparent and stable and we do not want to get into any problems with the state government. We want to work with the state government and we want to provide development for the people of the autonomous district council,” Deb Barman added.

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Meanwhile, the INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma on Monday took the oath as the chairman of the new council after all the 18 elected members proposed his name.

Speaking with reporters, Purna Chandra Jamatia thanked all the elected members for proposing his name for the post of chief executive member and said that we would work with the support of all the leaders and chairman of TIPRA.

“I hope that the people of the ADC get the development as we have decided to give a transparent and corruption-free council to the people. 

Due to corruption in the TTAADC, development did not take place for the last many years. We aim to deliver good governance in the ADC under the guidance of the expert and senior leaders,” Jamatia said.

However, the nine elected members of the BJP were not present in the oath-taking ceremony as they had announced a boycott of the programme citing post-poll violence in the ADC.

The alliance of TIPRA and Indigenous National Party of Twipra (INPT) had recorded a landslide victory in the tribal council election held recently, winning 18 of the 28 seats for the 30-member council.

The TTAADC was constituted through a vote by secret ballot on January 15, 1982, and the elected members were sworn in on January 18, 1982. 

Subsequently, the Constitution of India was amended by a Bill, and it was unanimously passed on the floor of Parliament on August 23, 1984, for the introduction of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in India.

The TTAADC covers 7,132.56 sq km, which is around 70 per cent of the geographical area of the state, and it is also home to one-third of the state’s population.

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