FROM A CORRESPONDENT
AGARTALA, June 29: Tripura government has decided to set up one hundred regrouping centres in Gomuti, Dhalai and North Tripura district to rehabilitate the Jhumia families. About 5500 families will be rehabilitated in these centres.
Rural Development Minister resh Jamatia told the reporters that each of the families to be rehabilitated in these centres would be given Rs 75,000 in cash for buying house materials. Moreover, 95 men would be provided for construction of houses with a daily wage of Rs 175, he said.
The regrouping centres were planned to ensure some basic amenities like school, health centre etc within the reach of the rehabilitated families. In addition some modern facilities purified drinking water, draige and sewerage system etc also will be made available to these centres.
As per the government record, about 1.5 lakh tribal people belonging to 27,477 families in Tripura are still practicing Jhum cultivation and generally reside in remote hill tops.
The main aim for setting up of these regrouping centres is to rescue the Jhumia families from their present semi-nomadic life and to settle them in plain land cultivation.
According to an official, at present it is very difficult to initiate any developmental activities for these families since they are scattered in the vast greens of the hills. It would be easier to make modern facilities available to them if they can be brought together, he said.