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Tripura minister refutes neglect of tribal council
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 AGARTALA, Jan 19 - The Tripura Government has sanctioned Rs 461.57 crore in the budget for development of tribal areas, in an apparent bid to counter veteran CPI(M) leader Bijan Dhar’s allegation of economic blockade against the Tripura Tribal Autonomous Council (TTADC).

Recently, Dhar, who is also the convenor of the Left Front, had alleged that the Left-ruled TTADC is not receiving funds as expected from the State Government, which miffed the BJP-IPFT Government.

Refuting the allegation, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath told media persons that the new Government has sanctioned more funds meant for tribal welfare. “A sum of Rs 461.57 crore has been earmarked for the welfare of tribal people living in the TTADC and non-ADC areas,” he said.

Giving details on the outlay for tribal welfare, Nath said the State Government has provisioned Rs 130 crore under the share of taxes, while an amount of Rs 97 crore has already been released to the tribal council. Out of the released fund, the tribal council has been able to absorb Rs 62 crore. Under the fund transfer head, the State Government sanctioned Rs 135 crore, out of which a sum of Rs 91 crore has already been sent to the TTAADC which has used Rs 81 crore so far, he said.

Nath added that the State Government has also released Rs 2.10 crore to the tribal council for meeting the expenditure for boarding stipend of students.

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