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Cong promises empowerment of tribal council

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, April 27 � With just days to go for elections to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), the Congress has unveiled its manifesto promising empowerment of the tribal council in true sense.

In the manifesto, it was promised that if the Congress is voted to power in the elections, the party would take all possible steps to get the Amendment bill of the Sixth Schedule of the constitution passed by the Parliament.

In the bill, it was proposed to convert the TTAADC into Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous State Council. Though the Congress-led UPA Government had taken the move to get the bill passed in the Parliament, it could not table the bill due to shortage of time.

The manifesto also promised to take all possible administrative steps to ensure direct funding to the tribal council for overall development of the tribal dominated areas.

Interestingly, no word on controversial Twipraland demand and Inner Line Permit (ILP) was mentioned in the manifesto.

After unveiling the manifesto here recently, PCC president Birajit Sinha alleged the tribal people living in the TTAADC areas remain deprived of basic facilities like road connectivity, drinking water, healthcare and electricity.

�The CPM-led Left Front had ruled the tribal council for maximum period since its formation but it has failed to meet the aspirations of the indigenous people. It doesn�t want overall socio-economic development of the tribal people�, he alleged. Terming the election as important, Sinha appealed the people of TTAADC to vote for Congress to reverse their fortune.

Appealing the Election Commission for district council elections, senior party leader and MLA Ratan Lal Nath alleged the State Government has already started distributing doles to win the elections. Alleging that the CPM leadership had created communal riots in 1980 to fulfil its political agenda, Nath said the Left Front has always been trying to adopt divide and rule policy to jeopardise development.

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