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AGARTALA | JAN 20, 2020:
The BJP-led Tripura government has submitted, to the Union Home Ministry, a Rs 8,802 crore project for the social, economic, cultural, linguistic and other development of indigenous tribals, who comprise a third of the state's four million population, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Sunday.
In his address in tribal 'Kokborok' language at the 42nd Kokborok Day celebrations, Deb said that his government is committed for all-round development of the indigenous tribals.
"We also initiated moves to further empower the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) and have already taken steps to increase the number of seats from 30 to 50 and to allocate 42 departments to the control of the autonomous bodies," he said.
As promised a year back, Deb, a Bengali-speaker, spoke in Kokborok, becoming the first of Tripura's 10 Chief Ministers to give a speech at an official function in tribal language despite his mother tongue is Bengali.
"People can learn any language if they accept it by heart… one just needs to develop such mentality," said Deb, who on Friday also delivered his speech in the state assembly in Kokborok.