Agartala: Tripura has sought Rs.440 Crore from the central government to undertake livelihood schemes for thousands of tribals, who will acquire title deeds in the state under the forest rights act, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Wednesday.
Sarkar, escorted by state finance minister Badal Choudhury, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and submitted the Rs.440 crore worth projects’ proposal.
“The prime minister has appreciated the state government’s efforts to provide ‘patta’ (title deeds) to thousands of tribals in Tripura and promised to consider the project,” Sarkar told to the reporters.
Tripura government has thus far distributed land deeds among 119,000 tribals under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act, 2006.Tribals account for concerning 33 percent of Tripura’s 3.8 million populations.
According to the official reports, Tripura government had taken up with the central government to properly change the forest rights so that other traditional forest dwellers, including non-tribals, who have been residing inside the forests for less than three generations, could also be vested with forest rights.