Tripura: Rs 1,059-cr budget proposed for autonomous dist council
Agartala: On the first day of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) session, chief executive member (CEM) Radhacharan Debbarma proposed for a budget of Rs 10,59,49,33,000 for financial year 2020-21.
Speaking in the session Debbarma said for MGNREGA Rs 20,704.29 lakh and for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) Rs 7,616.90 lakh has been allocated. The budget includes market licence fee and other revenue Rs 258 lakh and for interest Rs 434 lakh and others Rs 375 lakh.
“For planning, Rs 29,594.94 lakh, Rs 15,730 lakh for share of taxes, transfer Rs 33,155.21 lakh. The 14 finance commission grant/ excluded area grant Rs 14,160.05 lakh and for NITI Aayog/ 15th finance commission grant Rs 12242.3 lakh”, Debbarma said.
Speaking at the ADC council, the CEM said that for the overall development of ADC area this budget has been proposed. The poor jumias living in huts would get new residence under Nukhung Hamari housing scheme in all five zonal.
Similarly, under Shikla Hum Malkhung service scheme, 200 youths would get auto-rickshaws. For farmers' development in ADC, special focus would be put so that a farmer can produce more than 1,600 kg of paddy in a year.
He also said that Rs 4 crore will be spent to develop five heritage villages in five zonal of the ADC and for the development of the Kokborok and other languages initiatives are also being taken.
Speaking in the session, member Gurupada Debbarma demanded a special package for the ADC development to which the CEM Radhacharan Debbarma said that the Centre should increase the financial allocation for the ADC.
He also said that though the constitution gives power to run the ADC, unfortunately, the financial autonomy was not given. Without funds, development is not possible, he added.
“For many years, the demand for the amendment of Article 280 and 275 is being made for the development of the ADC. The Centre is giving funds to Bodoland but the TTAADC is not getting any special fund, neither the state government is allocating enough fund,” Debbarma said.
He also said that with the funds available, the work in ADC is not possible and the development of the education and students would not be done.
“The proposal of Rs 26 crore was sent to the Centre through which 21 residential schools and 10 news schools will also be opened once the fund is received,” Debbarma added.
The TTAADC comprises more than 68% of the total geographical land and is home to one-third of the population of Tripura.
The government has also decided to increase the total strength of the tribal council from the current 30 to 50 seats and also the department from 17 to 43.