There are 23 tribes in Tipura and majority of them speak Kokborok, which is the main tribal language in the state. Tribes like Chakma, Kuki, Hmar, Hrangkhol and Halam residing in the state have their own languages.
The directorate would be named ‘Kokborok and Minority Language Development Directorate’ and would be headed by an IAS officer, the sources said.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the council of ministers chaired by the Chief Minister Manik Sarkar here on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, following suggestions by educationists from Chakma tribe, the state government has decided to introduce Chakma script instead of Bengali for the Chakma students.
There are 943 schools where Kokborok is the medium of instruction, 28 where Meitei (Manipuri) is the medium of instruction, 36 schools where Bishnupriya Manipuri language is used and 49 others where Kuki-Halam language is the medium of instructions.
The tribals in Tripura constitute one third of the population, which is slightly more than 37 lakhs.