Agartala: Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Religion Alliance (TIPRA) chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman on Friday announced that ‘white papers’ will be released during the first session of the new Tripura tribal council on June 24.

Speaking at a press conference, Deb Barman said that as promised prior to the ADC elections, the white papers would be released during the council session scheduled on June 24 with details of the funds received and spent over the year.

“We will make it public on how much fund is received from which department and how much is spent for the salaries, education, social welfare, fisheries and other works. We will present in the council session and make it public,” Deb Barman said.

He also said that the 80 to 85 per cent of the funds received by the council are spent on salaries of the employees.

“It is very unfortunate that we have built buildings but failed to maintain them. We have departments but those do not have funds. ADC has given jobs to 6,000 people and made them a little rich, but around 9 lakh people did not receive anything,” Deb Barman added.

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The TIPRA chairman also announced the name of Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl as the new president of TIPRA and congratulated him on his 55 years in people’s service.

“The Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti (TUJS) was formed on June 11, 1966 and since then BK Hrangkhawl has been fighting for the rights of the indigenous people,” Deb Barman said.

Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl said that the movement he started was in the interest of the people of Tripura irrespective of language and religious belief.

“Now, the young generation has come and I believe they will continue the movement with the new vision and they will succeed. The fight should be democratic with fairness,” Hrangkhawl said.

Both TIPRA and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) won 18 out of 28 elected seats in the recently concluded ADC elections. Later, this year INPT merged with TIPRA and became a single party.

Meanwhile, BJP state committee member and secretary Manihar Debbarma and BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) assistant general secretary Biresh Debbarma joined TIPRA in presence of Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman.

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