Senior Congress leader seeks governor's intervention for distressed tribal areas, timely scheduling of ADC elections

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, February 14, 2020: Senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Tapas De has sought intervention of the governor in ameliorating the pitiable plight of the tribal community living in ADC areas , distressed by acute poverty, food crisis , water shortage and basic health service. In a letter to the governor R.Vaish yesterday De has drawn his attention to a picture published on the front page of a local daily showing weeping aged tribal man who failed to meet the chief minister or the education minister who had visited Kalyanpur on Wednesday last.

Describing the picture as symbolic of the suffering of the tribal community in ADC areas De said that the entire remote areas of the state are now subjected to critical food shortage, water supply and health service problems worsened by lack of work and scope for earning. Unless the governor steps in to exercise his constitutional authority to advise the state government into positive action the footprints of an impending famine will be louder, said De. He urged upon the governor to seek information from remote tribal dominated areas to understand the critical nature of the looming crisis as well as to direct the state government through his constitutional power to take urgent action to alleviate the crisis.

Speaking to this correspondent Tapas De also expressed his grave concern over the lack of initiative on the part of the BJP-led state government to hold the ADC elections in time. "The polls are to be held latest by May 17 in normal course and the notification has to be issued one month ahead but the state election commission seems to be in no hurry to set in motion the preparation for the polls in time ; it seems that in the name of increasing seats of ADC from present 30 to 50 the state government is bent upon bringing the ADC under governor's or indirectly under its own rule as increase in seats will require a separate bill to be passed by parliament which can not be done in time to facilitate one month's notification; besides , delimitation of constituencies will also take a long time ,delaying the own process inordinately" said De. He warned that in case the ADC election is delayed consequences for the state will be very serious as no party based on tribal support will accept this graceful with the possible exception of IPFT , major collaborator of BJP in bringing tribals under the 'HIndutwawdi ' control. He said that a delegation of Congress will soon meet in deputation with the governor to impress upon him the need for holding ADC elections in time.


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