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Giriraj Singh sets goal for Tripura: Six lakh SHG women with one lakh annual income by 2025

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Agartala: With an aim to increase women’s contribution in Tripura’s Gross Domestic Product, Tripura government will ensure participation of altogether six lakh women in SHG groups by 2025, said Union RD Minister Giriraj Singh on Monday. “All sorts of assistance will be offered to ensure that their annual earning reaches above rupees one lakh. This step will push forward Tripura’s rural areas into the powerhouse of the state’s economy and women folk would be at the centre of it”, said Singh.
Singh, who is in his three days Tripura tour, also said that for the first phase the government would target one lakh women out of the three lakh SHG group members. “In the first phase, this one lakh women would be given all sorts of government support so that they can attain self-reliance. We will make them capable of earning Rs 8,000 to 12,000 per month. Right now, Tripura has around 3 lakh women who are linked with the SHG movement”, said Singh.
“I have been told that 70 percent of the state is forest. This state is enriched with resources like Rubber and Bamboo. Now, the government is contemplating inclusion of Agar among these economically feasible crops. I feel SHGs should work in all these sectors so that women folk coming from remote tribal dominated hamlets get a scope to work for economic betterment”, said Singh.
According to Singh, he had words with the Chief Secretary of Tripura suggesting him to utilize the bamboo waste as active charcoal. “I have told the Chief Secretary that the Tripura government under the technical guidance of CSIR Himachal Pradesh should convert the bamboo waste into active charcoal that is being sold in the international market at a price of 5 dollar per kg right now. This way the income of women would only be supplemented”, he added, saying that the hard bamboo of Tripura has the desired potential to be used.
He hailed Tripura government for roping in more rural women in the SHG groups which indicate the seriousness of the government towards the rural areas of the state. “In 2017-18 only a little over 40 thousand women were engaged in SHG groups with a credit linkage of Rs 36.97 crore which now stands at 452 crore and the number of women is set to cross the 3 lakh figure. This is a commendable job done by this government”, said Singh.
The Union Minister also highlighted Tripura government’s achievement in various sectors ranging from digitization to the field of PM Awas Yojana.
Among the significant announcements he made during his address, he said, two lakh thirteen thousand agricultural land that are now giving single harvest round the year would be converted into double harvest crop land. Moreover, 2 lakh PMAY houses will be sanctioned shortly along with 300 kilometres of roads under the RD department, he added.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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MoS home’s son Ashish Mishra sent to judicial custody for 14 days

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Lakhimpur: Son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, Ashish Mishra, was produced before a court here late on the night of October 9, 2021, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur violence.

After around 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence in which eight persons including four farmers were killed, a medical team examined Ashish Mishra in the crime branch office, after which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to custody, senior prosecution officer SP Yadav.

He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing at 11 AM on October 11, 2021. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday.

Farmer leaders and opposition parties had been demanding Mishra’s arrest but the minister and his son had denied the allegations.
Two BJP workers and their driver were allegedly lynched by angry farmers in the incident. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which has triggered a political storm and put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

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Mayawati questions the Congress on the killing of Dalit in Rajasthan

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Lucknow: Selective outrage of the Congress is always criticised and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on October 10, 2021 took on the Congress and termed as “condemnable” the incidence of a Dalit person being beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh questioned the silence of the Congress.

A Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death on October 7, 2021 by a group of men in Hanumangarh over his love affair, the Rajasthan police said. Three people have been detained in connection with the case on Saturday. There are several such cases on which the Congress keep blind eye.

Mayawati said: “Will the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Punjab go there and give Rs 50 lakh to the victim’s family? The BSP demands an answer, otherwise it should stop shedding crocodile tears in the name of the Dalits.”

On the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, she tweeted, “The cropping up of the name of the son of the Union minister in the Lakhimpur violence raises questions on the working style of the BJP government.” The BJP should sack the minister as only then will there be any hope of justice for the aggrieved farmers, she added.
Mayawati also said terrorists are killing innocent people almost everyday in Jammu and Kashmir, which is very sad and shameful. The BSP demands that the Centre should take some strong steps in this regard.

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