AGARTALA, Sept 28 - The Centre has constituted a 12-member high-level committee to look into aspects for the socio-economic and linguistic development of the indigenous people of Tripura � a key promise of the BJP made to its alliance partner, the Indigenous People�s Party of Tripura (IPFT).
The IPFT had struck an electoral deal with the BJP over the formation of a committee for welfare of the indigenous people before the Assembly elections.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already notified the formation of the committee that will look into aspects of socio-economic and linguistic development of the indigenous people of Tripura.
The Special Secretary to the MHA�s Internal Security wing has been made the chairman of the committee, while the Joint Secretary, MHA (NE), has been made the convener. Joint secretaries of the Tribal Welfare, Human Resource Development, Health and Family Welfare, Environment and Climate Change, and Skill India ministries, and advisers to the NITI Aayog and DoNER have also been included the panel.
The State will have three members in the committee, according to a notification issued by the MHA on Thursday.
After holding meetings with all stakeholders and a thorough study on different aspects, the committee will prepare a comprehensive report and submit it to the MHA within the next 60 days.
In his last visit to Delhi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had attended a meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Union Home Minister had then given the green signal to forming a high-level committee for welfare of the indigenous people of Tripura.
Earlier, the State Government had sent terms of reference for the committee which was finally constituted by the Centre. The State Government made several proposals for the formation of the committee.