IPFT president and revenue minister NC Debbarma (left) with general secretary and forest minister Mewar Kumar Debbarma (middle) addressing a press conference in Agartala Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: A delegation of the ruling ally Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT) will visit New Delhi on July 14 and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah to hold talks on various issues starting from passing the Sixth Schedule (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to speedy implementation of 10 model villages in the tribal areas in the Autonomous District Council (ADC), said party president NC Debbarma in Agartala on Monday evening.

Speaking at a press conference, Debbarma said that at the 4th annual conference of IPFT held in Nuai Auditorium from July 6 to 7, a numbers of resolutions were adopted by the party. One of them was that a delegation would appeal for starting the special recruitment drive in the tribal areas for the betterment of representation of indigenous population.

The delegation will also appeal to start a fresh process of demarcation of the boundaries of the district council, following the rapid demographic and topographic characteristics and since the demarcation was done in 1994-95.

Demands like re-delimitation of district council prior to elections to be held on April-May 2020 and speedy implementation of special development package for the 12 RD blocks in the tribal areas would also be discussed, Debbarma said.

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The people living in tribal areas on government land for a long period of time will also be compensated through settlement and rehabilitation to each affected families, they said. Distribution of free rations to the below poverty line (BPL) families in 23 RB blocks from the months of July to August instead of 10 RB Blocks will be placed in front of the state government.

“The violence since state assembly elections to Lok Sabha elections involving the IPFT leaders also needs to be stopped, thus the party will also place demand in front of the state government to take appropriate remedial and preventative to address the on-going violence across the state,” Debbarma added.

He also said that the state government has recommended and forwarded to the Union home ministry for inclusion of Kokborok language in 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India. Thus, the party would urge the Centre to do the needful at the earliest possible, while also request the state government to introduce the Roman script for Kokborok at the earliest.

The party president also informed that they would organise a series of peaceful democratic movements in the state and in New Delhi to demand the elevation of Sixth Schedule areas of Tripura to a full fledged state of Tipraland.

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