Tripura: On Kokborok Day, CM Biplab Deb renames Baramura Hill range

Written by Debraj Deb | Agartala | Published: January 19, 2020 9:07:03 pm Tripura CM Biplab Deb at the 42nd Kokborok Day Celebration programme at Agartala. (Source: Twitter/BiplabKumarDeb) Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Sunday announced...

Tripura: On Kokborok Day, CM Biplab Deb renames Baramura Hill range
Written by Debraj Deb | Agartala | Published: January 19, 2020 9:07:03 pm
biplab deb, tripura cm, Baramura Hill range, Kokborok Day, Kokborok Day celebrations, tripura news Tripura CM Biplab Deb at the 42nd Kokborok Day Celebration programme at Agartala. (Source: Twitter/BiplabKumarDeb)

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb Sunday announced his cabinet has decided to rename Baramura Hill range as ‘Hathai Kotor’ in a mark of respect to the indigenous tribes. Baramura is one of the highest hill range in the state apart from Atharomura and Jampui Hills.

Addressing the people on the 42nd Kokborok Day, Deb said his government is committed towards the development of tribals and their language. The CM, who delivered the speech in Kokborok, said, “Being the chief minister, I am happy to address the Kokborok-speaking people in their mother tongue. I prepared the speech last night itself.”

Deb had taken a one-year challenge to learn Kokborok on the same day last year and promised that he would deliver his next Kokborok Day speech in the language. He also became the third chief minister to have interacted in the language, the other two being Sachindra Lal Singha and Nripen Chakraborty.

He also laid down plans to develop Kokborok language and said steps were being taken to boost school education in the language.

“Earlier, Kokborok subject was being taught in 94 senior basic, 52 Madhyamik schools and 20 Higher Secondary. Now, the numbers have increased to 139, 100 and 41 respectively,” Deb said adding the state government has already declared twelve tribal-dominated backward blocks as ‘aspirational blocks’ in an effort to extend better developmental initiatives there.

biplab deb, tripura cm, Baramura Hill range, Kokborok Day, Kokborok Day celebrations, tripura news Tribal people in their traditional costumes at the 42nd Kokborok Day celebration in Agartala. (Express photo)

He also said that his government is committed to developing tribals and has sent a proposal to the central government for sanctioning Rs 8,000 crore special package for the development of tribal communities. The proposal is under consideration of the central government, he informed.

Pledging to work on healthcare, education, infrastructure for the development of tribals, Biplab said his government will have done enough work by 2023 when the next assembly elections are due, to gain votes depending on its ‘report card’.

One third people from Tripura’s 37 lakh population are from 18 tribal communities. Most of them live in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which is spread across 7,132.56 square km and covers nearly 68% of the state’s geographical area.

As per government estimates, 8,14,375 people from Tripura, Reang, Jamatia, Noatia, Kalai, Rupini, Murasing and Uchoi communities speak Kokborok in Tripura.

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