26 - 09 - 2017

Interview with Radha Charan Debbarma, Chief Executive Member of TTAADC

Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTADC) Act 1979 was passed by the Indian parliament after series of democratic movements launched by the indigenous people of Tripura under the provision of the 7th scheduled of the Indian constitution.

The principal objective behind autonomous district council was to empower the ingenious people  to govern themselves and also to bring all round developments of the backward people so as to protect and preserve their culture, customs and tradtions.

 But it actually came into being fom 18th January 1982 and it later upgraded under the provision of the 6ht schedule to the Indian constitution with effect from 1st April 1958 by the 49th amendment to the constitution of India. Recently tripuravision.com had an exclusive interview of Radhacharan Debbarma, Chief Executive Member of TTAADC at his office in Khumulwng. Here are the excerpts…….  

Question:  Sir, you have completed over 500 days in office, steps taken to empower TTAADC?

An: The Left Front has already given huge powers to the TTAADC (Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council) and has been holding regular elections in the council. Eight departments including education, forest, agriculture and health, have already been handed over to the TTAADC. Besides, some more powers will be given to the council in order to empower it to fulfill the aspirations of the indigenous people. Tripura government already has reserved 50 percent seats in both gram panchayats (outside TTAADC areas) and village committees in the ADC areas for the women.

 

Question: Direct funding for ADC has been a long demand of opposition, what you say about it?

Ans : Few days back a nine member delegate of Tripura Upajati Ganamukti Parishad headed by  MP of LokSabha Shri Jitendra Chaudhury met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. They handed a charter of 22 demands for empowerment of ADC. I think the proposal for direct funding would not serve the purpose of making the tribal areas as developed as opposition think. Budgetary and other Central Government's allocation must be released to the tribal council through the state government besides the state government is making efforts to revive the financial condition of the Council.

 

Question: How do you see the demand raised for a separate state within TTAADC?

 

Ans :  The demand for a separate state within the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) raised by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is similar to the demand of 'Free Tripura' raised by insurgents. The IPFTs demand of a separate state cannot be separated from the demands of the insurgents who raised the demand for free Tripura. These type of demands are being raised by the masks of insurgents to hot up the situation before the elections of the tribal council due next year. We want peace and communal harmony and not division of the state. We want more development for the tribal community and we oppose any kind of demand in ethnic line which would divide the state.

Question: What are the plans to counter the demand?

Ans : We have already launched a counter offensive against ‘separate state’ demand of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT). We are reaching out to people, especially the tribal’s. People of the state reject any issue of extremist nature and party would fight the IPFT politically Upajati Gana Mukti Parishad (UGMP), tribal front of CPI (M), are using all organisational power to counter IPFT in tribal localities.




Question: Health has been one of the neglected sectors of TTAADC, claims opposition, what is your opinion?

Ans : The health department of TTAADC is mainly concerned to provide health care services to the remote and inaccessible areas under TTAADC. Besides we run two hospitals namely – fifty bedded Kherengber Hospital at Khumulwng and 10 bedded Twikarmo hospital B.C. Manu, South Tripura. The objectives are to provide health care services, specially antenatal care and safe delivery of pregnant mothers including specialist services in obstetrics and gynecology, child care services to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate. To reduce the maternal mortality and neo natal mortality rate institutional deliveries including Janani Surkshya Yojana (JSY) is implemented at Kherengber Hospital with the supportive role of ASHA workers. School health programmes are conducted to provide health and nutritional education through teachers and school administration. This programme also includes distribution of iron, folic acid and deworming of students.

Question :Education of TTAADC

Ans : There are 1718 schools at TTAADC ( JB – 1497, SB – 220, HS -01), students studying 75973 ( primary – 68243, upper primary -7730) and 6473 teachers.1152 schools have drinking water facilities, 1269 schools have sanitation facilities for boys and 1074 schools have sanitation facilities for girls. In TTAADC there are 16 residential schools and 9 hostels for both boys and girls in which 1754 boarders are residing .


Question :Financial condition during the last five years

Ans : TTAADC has been professionally managing its accounts following the prudent financial norms. As a result no situation of overdraft was faced during the last seven years. The annual financial accounts of the TTAADC for 15 years 1993 -94 to 2006 -07 have been audited and accepted by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and duly approved by the district council. The annual financial accounts of TTAADC for the years 2011 -12 have been submitted to the AG, Tripura. The 13th finance commission made special allocation of Rs 20 crore of strengthening of TTAADC zonal administration Rs 1533 lakhs for development of Kokborok language and culture Rs 714 lakhs special area grant of TTAADC. The TTAADC has received total fund of Rs 35678.71 lakhs from Governent of Tripura during the financial year 2013 -14 out of which expenditure incurred Rs 34807.71 lakhs.