Tripura families

1. Families from North Tripura seek attention by spending nights in the Peku Cherra forest.
2. Plight of landlessness drives families to forest areas for government notice.
3. Residents of North Tripura highlight landlessness by camping in the Peku Cherra forest.

Agartala, May 18: Dozens of families from various parts of North Tripura district have taken to spending their nights in the forest areas of Peku Cherra, located in the Panisagar subdivision of the district.

Their purpose is to draw the government’s attention to their plight of being landless.

These families claim to have had homes built on government lands, leaving them vulnerable to eviction at any time. They seek permanent settlement through individual land titles issued by the Tripura government.

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In pursuit of a lasting solution to their housing insecurity, these families have relocated to the forest areas, erecting makeshift huts using tarpaulin sheets and bamboo.

While they are uncertain about the outcome of their unconventional protest, they view it as a means to make their grievances heard by the government.

Among these families, Kartik Nama recounts how his house in the Jayashree area was situated on land recently allocated for the construction of a police station.

Despite being a beneficiary of the PM Awas Yojana, Nama faces the prospect of losing his newly constructed dwelling due to the government’s efforts to reclaim the land.

Krishna Nath, another resident, reveals that his family sought refuge in the forest area to escape ethnic tensions arising from the settlement of displaced Brus in their neighborhood. Lacking legal ownership of their previous land, Nath’s family hopes for a resolution from the government.

A delegation from the opposition CPIM party, led by two MLAs, visited the forest area to engage with the affected families. While some families have returned home, others await a resolution to their predicament.

Chief Minister Manik Saha acknowledged the issue, emphasizing that while there are no provisions for human settlement in reserve forest areas, the government would consider the matter on humanitarian grounds.