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According to the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), a distinct tribal-state should be established. The move comes after the alliance was defeated in tribal area elections a few months ago. In New Delhi, a four-member team from the IPFT met with Indian Home Minister Amit Shah. To this end, they have submitted to the government a five-point memorandum.
- Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling BJP in Tripura, has called for creating a separate tribal state.
- The move comes months after the alliance lost tribal elections.
- In New Delhi, four members of the IPFT met with Home Minister Amit Shah and demanded that Tipraland be carved out of the present Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.
The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura, has called to establish a separate tribal state. The move comes after the alliance was defeated in tribal area elections a few months ago.
Earlier this month, a four-member delegation from the IPFT met with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi, requesting that a separate Tipraland be created out of the current Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which accounts for two-thirds of the state’s area.
During their meeting with Shah on Thursday, a team led by Forest Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia, who also happens to be the General Secretary of IPFT, presented him with a five-point memorandum.
The memorandum also calls for the submission of the report of the high-level modality committee for the development of tribals, who constitute one-third of the state’s population, the launch of a particular recruitment drive for indigenous people, the amendment of the Sixth Schedule to empower the TTAADC, and the inclusion of Kokborok, the tribal language, in the eighth schedule of the constitution. Tipraland is a full-fledged state with its constitution and government.
Following the defeat of the BJP-IPFT alliance in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections in April of this year, the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA), led by former royal Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman, has taken the initiative to form a new political party.
Declaring a bigger Tipraland, Deb Barman, the son of the last Maharaja of Tripura, has called for the inclusion of tribals residing within the tribal autonomous district and those living outside the community, including those living in other states.
The IPFT memorandum stated that to preserve the Indigenous people of Tripura from the crisis of their identity, they “strongly demand the construction of full-fledged Statehood Tipraland based on the 6th Schedule Areas, i.e., the TTAADC of Tripura.”
IPFT representatives held discussions on the High-Power Modality Committee, which the central government established to assist indigenous people in developing their socio-economic, cultural, and linguistic communities. In addition, they requested that the Home Minister expedite the submission of the committee’s findings.
(Inputs from the PTI)