Tripura Chief Minister, Prof. Dr. Manik Saha, held a significant meeting with Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda, on Wednesday to address the comprehensive welfare and development of indigenous communities in the state. The meeting, which took place in New Delhi, focused on collaborative efforts to uplift the indigenous population and enhance their overall quality of life.
Sources close to Chief Minister Saha revealed that the discussion centered on the development of indigenous people, underscoring the commitment of the Tripura government to their well-being. The importance of sustained collaboration with the Union Tribal Welfare Ministry was emphasized during the deliberations.
One of the key proposals put forth by Dr. Saha was the construction of 15 Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) in blocks that fully or partially meet the necessary criteria, as well as in locations where Bru migrants are settled. The primary focus of these schools would be to elevate the standard of education provided to indigenous students. Dr. Saha proposed a budget of Rs 720 crore for the establishment of these 15 EMRS, reflecting the government’s dedication to ensuring access to quality education.
Furthermore, Chief Minister Saha urged the Union Minister to consider the upgradation of Bhuratali Residential School to the Eklavya Model Residential School standard, emphasizing the need for continuous improvement in educational infrastructure.
In a move to boost sports and education infrastructure, Dr. Saha sought approval from Union Minister Munda for a budget of Rs. 22.75 crore. The funds would be allocated for the construction of four synthetic football turfs (Astroturf) in the areas governed by the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
This proactive approach by Chief Minister Manik Saha highlights the state government’s dedication to the holistic development of indigenous communities. The proposals presented in the meeting, if approved and implemented, are poised to make significant strides in enhancing education and sports facilities for the indigenous population in Tripura.