Devendranagar (West Tripura): As part of efforts to improve lives of the weaker section, Tripura has given land rights to more than one lakh tribal families under the landmark Schedule Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.
An official of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council said the government was making special efforts to improve lives of the state`s poor tribals by giving them land rights and taking up educational and economic schemes.
"This is unique. The state has been in the forefront of implementation of the Forest Rights Act. This is a major initiative for the development of tribals in the state," Ranjit Debbarma, chief executive member of the TTADC, said.
The government initiative has brought cheer to the lives of tribals like Shambhu Charan Debbarma who till the other day earned his livelihood by doing shifting cultivation.
Debbarma, who lives with his family at this hill top hamlet falling under the TTAADC, is now a full-fledged cultivator and owner of an orchard.
He was given patta of six bighas in a forest under the act where he grew lemon trees with the tribal council coming to his aid.