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Tripura: Chakma national council demands Manik Sarkar’s public apology on Bangladeshi statement

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Chakma National Council leaders said that his statement was extremely “discriminatory” and against peace, harmony and tranquility among communities.                   

Agartala: Three days after former chief minister and leader of opposition Manik Sarkar wrote a letter to CM Biplab Kumar Deb on the Chakma infiltration issue showing the ethnic Chakma community in a “bad light”, Chakma National body demanded a public apology from the four-time Chief Minister.

The Chakma National Council leaders said that his statement was extremely “discriminatory” and against peace, harmony and tranquility among communities.                       

The row over Chakma infiltration was triggered shortly after the Council of Tiprasa Hoda wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding strict action against the “large scale infiltration of Chakma community people”. A copy of the letter was also forwarded to Leader of the opposition and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. Opposition leader Manik Sarkar after getting the letter wrote a separate letter addressing Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb where he supported the statement made by Tiprasa Hoda.

Addressing a press conference on the issue at Agartala Press Club, President of Chakma National Council of India, Aniruddha Chakma said that both the statements made by Council of Tiprasa Hoda and former Chief Minister Manik were objectionable as Chakma Community people had been recognised as “Praja” as per the ancient scripts of Rajamala—the royal historical scriptures of Tripura. He said, “according to census reports, the Chakma population in Tripura was 4,510 in 1901 census, in 2001 census this population rose upto 64,293 and as per the last census held in the year 2011, the Chakma population in Tripura stood at 79,813. The growth rate in population is scientific and the allegations being labelled of large scale infiltration from Bangladesh are baseless”.

The Council of Tiprasa Hoda claimed that a huge number of Chakma community people were illegally infiltrating Tripura that dealt a big blow to the livelihood opportunities of the locals. Former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar wrote a letter supporting the Hoda and maintained that this had to be stopped. However, the Chakma National Council rubbished all the claims and demanded an apology. According to them, the political parties have started cheap politics centering the issue. Representatives of Tripura Chakma Student Association, Tripura Rajya Chakma Gabucche  Jadha, Chakma Buddhist Welfare Society, Chakma Socio Cultural Organization, Dhukduk and Young Chakma Association also attended the press conference.

He said that the peace and harmony that exist among all the tribal communities must not be disrupted. People sitting in responsible posts should talk responsibly. On being asked about their future action if their demands were not fulfilled, he said, “We Chakma people are not against anyone. But, if the former Chief Minister does not respond to our demands, the Chakma civil society will think about the future course of action”.  

 

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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