PACT WITH TIPRA MOTHA (Syllabus GS Paper 3 – Internal Security)

News-CRUX-10     12th March 2024        

Context: The Centre recently signed a tripartite agreement with the Tripura government and the state’s main opposition party, the TIPRA Motha.

Demands of Tipra Motha

  • Greater Tipraland: Establishment of a separate state for Tripura's tribals.

oInclusion of tribals living outside the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) area.

  • Enhanced Powers for TTAADC: Direct funding from the Centre, Establishment of its own police force, Share of revenue from gas exploration in the state.
  • Recognition of Roman Script: Declaration of the Roman script as the official script for the indigenous Kokborok language.

The Accord:

  • About: The accord aims to amicably resolve issues of indigenous people of Tripura concerning history, land, political rights, economic development, identity, culture, and language.
  • Establishment: A joint working group/committee will be constituted to address and implement mutually agreed points on the aforementioned issues within a specified timeframe.
  • Ensuring an Honourable Solution: The agreement intends to ensure an honourable solution through the concerted efforts of the joint working group/committee.
  • Maintenance of a Conducive Atmosphere: All stakeholders are required to abstain from engaging in any form of protest or agitation from the day of signing the agreement to uphold a conducive atmosphere for implementing the pact.

Tipra Motha Party (TMP)

  • About: It also known as the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance, operates as a regional political entity and was formerly a social organization in Tripura, India.
  • Leadership: The TIPRA is under the leadership of Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma, who spearheads its activities and initiatives.
  • Significance: As the second largest party in the Tripura Legislative Assembly, the TMP holds considerable sway and influence in the state's political landscape.