Agartala: Tripura tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia on Thursday wrote a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah demanding to place the Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the floor of Parliament that would empower the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.
Jamatia, who is also the general secretary of ruling BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), wrote in his letter that the bill needs to be passed on the floor of Parliament immediately for the larger interest of the indigenous people of the state of Tripura.
“I must mention here that we came to power with these commitments to the indigenous people of Tripura. Considering the sentiments of the people, the issue may be given utmost priority,” Jamatia wrote.
He also reiterated the demand for sanctioning of Rs 8,389.71 crore for developmental work in the indigenous areas.
Jamatia also demanded the release of the report of the high-level committee constituted by the Union home ministry which is yet to be published as well as the project proposed by his department is still pending with the home ministry without any response.
“I would request you to kindly look into the matter personally and arrange passage of the Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019 towards empowerment of the indigenous tribal population of the state, thereby fulfilling their aspirations to ensure the slogan Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,” Jamatia wrote.
Earlier, on several occasions, the IPFT wrote letters and met with the central leadership demanding the passage of the bill in Parliament to empower the TTAADC.