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Self-help groups in Tripura urge people to fight militancy

Different self-help groups (SHGs) of Tripura under the banner of Jana Unnayan Samiti Tripura organised a peace rally in Agartala urging people to fight against militancy in the State.

By Pinaki Das

Agartala, May 5 : Different self-help groups (SHGs) of Tripura under the banner of Jana Unnayan Samiti Tripura organised a peace rally in Agartala urging people to fight against militancy in the State.

Representative of more than 800 SHGs from different corners of the State participated in the rally, which was organised on the sidelines of the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of formation of the Jana Unnayan Samiti Tripura in the State.

Robert Mathew, priest and founder of Jana Unnayan Samiti Tripura, said that merely fighting with arms against the militants could not bring about permanent peace in the State, as the root cause of the militancy is backwardness and the unemployment in the region.

"Though self-employment the society can benefit, as economic upliftment occurs by utilizing the available local resources and man power," said Mathew, adding, "One has to find his own means in the remote areas to get employed instead of cursing the Government."

Those participating in the rally said that for lasting peace to prevail in the State there should be collaborated efforts from not only the State government and the police force but also from the State's people, who alone could bring economic prosperity in the region.

"People should first realise the evil side of militancy and stop supporting it," said one of the participants.

"Here people from different communities- tribal, non-tribal, Debbarma, Reang, Darlong Bengali have participated to voice against militancy and this resembles our unity," said S K Darlong, a participant in the rally.

"Now the active support for the insurgency have died down, and people are realizing that insurgency will hamper the economic development of the State, which has led to many of the insurgent groups in the State losing ground," he added.

The Self-help groups (SHGs) have brought a revolution in the remote and tribal dominated areas of Tripura. From dairy to mechanized farming, weaving, duck and poultry, food-processing units, mushroom cultivation, people in Tripura's countryside are busy setting up micro enterprises by forming such groups.

Today the number of total SHGs in the State has crossed the mark of 16,000, helping youths and women in the State to get employment.

ANI

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