A delegation of elected members of the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council TTAADC, under the leadership of Chief Executive Member Purna Chandra Jamatia, met Governor of Tripura Indrasena Reddy Nallu and sought his intervention to address some key issues that are creating hindrances in development of the district council areas.
Speaking to the press, Chief Executive Member Purna Chandra Jamatia said, “The governor has given us a patient hearing, and all the issues we raised before him received a very positive response. The governor, with all his gentle gestures, informed us that it had been only 26 days since he took over the charge of office, and hence he needed some time to understand all the issues. He had also assured us that he would put up the issues pending before the state and central government for discussion”.
According to Jamatia, the key problem lies with the perpetual fund constraint that had choked the functioning of the TTAADC areas.
Due to the lack of proper flow of funds, the administration is left with nothing to invest in thedevelopment and welfare schemes of the public.
“To fix this issue, we have already written to the state government departments separately with a detailed breakdown describing how the money is earned and how it is spent. We hope the government will consider our demands and the governor E will also understand our needs”, Jamatia said.
He said the TTAADC has approved a budget proposal of over Rs 1,100 crore for the current financial year. Out of this total outlay of the budget, Rs 480 crore is spent on liabilities like the payment of salaries, pensions, and administrative expenses. The state government, on the other hand, approved Rs 360 crore, which is much less than what was expected, he pointed out.
Meanwhile, the memorandum that had been submitted to the Governor also underscored the long- pending transfer of nine departments to the TTAADC, which was notified in the year 2000, but after that, the matter had been sent to cold storage for mysterious reasons.
The TTAADC had also sought funds for the development of the infrastructure of school buildings and hostels for 1,624 schools.