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Tripura Chakma body presses for recognition of customary law

Agartala, Aug 30 (UNI) The apex body of Chakma tribes in the state – Tripura State Chakma
Social Council, held demonstration in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) headquarter at Khumlung on Thursday seeking recognition of their codified customary laws.
The Chakma leaders alleged that the customary laws of various tribal communities have
already been recognised as per the provision of VI schedule of the constitution by respective
ADC administration of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram but in Tripura ADC is dragging the
issue without any valid reason.
Chairman of the advisory body of the council and leading intellectual of the state Niranjan
Chakma alleged since creation of ADC here in 1982, the demand for recognition of customary
laws of different tribal communities including Chakma was raised as per the provision to
protect customary practices and interest of tribal; the issue in Tripura was unresolved.
Despite various provisions protecting the customary lives of the tribes under VI schedule, it
has remained only on paper and orders of various forums, which are squarely contrary to the Constitutional guarantees given to the tribes under VI schedule, are being thrust upon the
tribals thereby leading to diminishing of the Constitutional safeguards, Chakma mentioned.
He pointed out that the then council in 1997 had taken the initiative for codification of
customary practices of Chakma tribe by massive exercises of holding seminar, discussion
and personal interaction with the potential seniors of the community and the report was
submitted after a year.
Unfortunately, there was no action taken by the rulers of ADC so far. Later, in 2017 an
updated draft of Chakma customary law was submitted to ADC administration for taking
decision and sends it to the state assembly for ascent. However, as of now there is no
move from ADC council to take forward the issue, he added.
The memorandum demanded to accept the draft of Chakma customary law in coming
session of ADC of failing which they warned to resort mass movement across the state.
It has also argued that in some social issues the customary laws of the community of
different tribes are more effective and acceptable to the society than the unified civil
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