Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with Tripura MP Rebati Tripura in New Delhi on Tuesday

Agartala: With barely a few months left for Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections, the state government sought extra budget for the district council from the union government.

Rebati, who represents the East Tripura (ST reserved) constituency in the Lok Sabha met with union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought additional budget for the TTAADC areas to witness maximum development.

The TTAADC polls, earlier scheduled for May 2020, were deferred by the state election commission citing COVID-19 restrictions, following which the administration was handed over to the Tripura governor for six months, which was later extended for the second time till May this year.

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However, on January 12, the High Court of Tripura has ordered the state government to conduct elections for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) by May 17.

The MP also sought benefits of the special schemes to Tripura tea workers announced for the Assam and West Bengal tea labourers especially women and their children in the union budget.

“The provision mentioned in the Union Budget for the welfare of all section of society of Assam and Tripura reflects the vision of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas and hence the budget brings massive reforms and will surely translate into development and financial stability, MP Rebati wrote in his letter to the union minister.

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“In order to strengthen the situation of the people of State, it is humbly requested to provide extra budget to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC ) so that state will witness maximum development throughout and to introduce special schemes to Tripura State tea worker as there are 48 Tea Garden in Tripura,” he wrote in his letter.

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. It covers 68% of the total geographical area of the state and is home to over one-third of the state’s population. The district council has 30 seats, of which 28 are for elected members, while two are nominated by the Tripura governor.

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