Agartala: The Tripura government has approved a new scheme ‘Jhum Sahayata Prakalpa’ to provide wage employment of six man-days to jhum or shifting cultivators involved in hilly tribal belts under MGNREGA for planting, tendering and harvesting crops in the state.

State law minister and cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said that under the new scheme the government would provide support to 6,979 jhumiya families by providing seeds for cultivation.

“The cabinet has decided that the state government would provide 2.150 kg seeds to all 6,979 jhumiya families engaged in jhum cultivation across the state, especially in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC),” Nath said.

He also said that under the scheme an amount of Rs 4.50 lakh would be spent in distributing the seeds among the families.

“The state government has already credited an amount of Rs 500 to each 92,899 MGNREGA job cardholders as part of the centrally assured assistance, while Rs 1,000 was also provided from the chief minister’s relief fund,” Nath added.

He also said that in the last 12 years jhumiya cultivators have not received seeds from the state government due to which at times it became difficult for them to cultivate crops in the hilly areas.

The government will spend a total of Rs. 84.58 lakh under the scheme to support the jhumiya cultivators and financial assistance of six man-days through the MGNREGA scheme. The seeds would be distributed through eight sub-zonal offices under ADC across the state.

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