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INPT demands NRC, opposes Citizenship Bill

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Agartala, June 11: Following the footsteps of Assam, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has raised the demand for preparation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by the State government to address the issue of illegal migrants.

The demand was raised during the two-day conference of the INPT central committee.
The INPT has demanded to prepare the NRC taking into account October 15, 1949 as the base year as Tripura merged with India on that day. Besides, the tribal based regional parties in the State has also opposed the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 and decided to go for massive demonstration in Agartala and Delhi against the Bill.

The party has also reiterated its demand for introduction of Inner Line Permit System, inclusion of Kokborok in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution and increase of number of seats in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council ( TTAADC)from 28 to 40, to name a few.

In a statement jointly signed by the party president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawal and general secretary Jagadish Debbarma, the party has expressed grave concern over the crisis situation in the hilly areas and demanded double ration for each family.

It also alleged that the tribals were cheated in the name of distributing land as per the Central Forest Right Act during the previous Left-Front government, and demanded the State government to ensure that each family gets adequate land.

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