Agartala: The Tripuri community (one of the twenty tribes of Tripura) has started reviving its traditional bodies beginning from State to the Moyal (locality) level following the new customary laws passed by Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council last year.
As per the move, Pomang (village chief) for three Moyals (village) Chawmanu, Manikpur and Gobindabari were nominated through a programme in the Baba Longthorai Auditorium at Chawmanu. Ratanjoy Tripura, Birendra Kishor Tripura, and Nutanda Tripura were nominated as Pomangs for Chawmanu, Manikpur, and Gobindabari Moyals respectively.
Naran (Chief of the Tripura community) Birendra Tripura was present in the programme as chief guest. Among others, president of the Tripura Chubulai Buthu (Central Committee) Sachindra Tripura, president of the advisory committee Sandhya Ram Tripura, Rup Mohon Tripura, and Tarjaman Tripura also was present as special guests.
The guests discussed in detail about the significance of the customary law of the community and the responsibilities of the Pomangs and Roajas (local leaders) in executing the law. In the Longthoraivally sub-division, there are 9 Pomangs and 125 Roajas to maintain discipline in society.
During the princely days, the Maharaja used to appoint Naran and Pomangs but after the merger of the State, that practice has been abolished. It was revived after the TTAADC passed the Tripura Customary Law Bill on October 15, 2019.