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BDO assault accused sent to judicial custody till Sept 27

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Agartala: Sabroom subdivision session Court on Thursday awarded jail custody to as many as five people in connection with the Poangbari BDO assault case.

The accused persons identified as Sujit Debnath (29), Sanjay Patari (24), Biswajit Paul (46), Shivas Debnath (50) and Janyanta Debnath (46) were arrested a day after the incident.

A police team from Manubazar police station picked them up and forwarded them to Sabroom Court. Earlier, Chief Secretary Tripura took strong exception to the assault and directed the police to take immediate action.

Undoubtedly, the police’s prompt action in this case helps to set an example in order to prevent such ghastly incidents reoccurring. But, what was at the centre of the whole episode got little attention.

Local sources said it was due to prolonged deprivation that led the local villagers to take such a drastic step. Although the way they have treated a local bureaucrat was extremely unpleasant and unwarranted, a simmering resentment is brewing among people against the state government for the “flawed survey”.

The problem is actually stemmed out of a 2011 baseline survey conducted to select beneficiaries of the then “Indira Awas Yojana” that was later renamed as “Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana”. The Centre appointed Tripura government’s RD department as the implementing agency.

The department accordingly did a baseline survey for selection of beneficiaries for the scheme. Naturally, the selection process later involved the elected Panchayat bodies and political “choose and pick” formulae came into play.

To get selected, political affiliation became the primary eligibility. And, people who stayed with the opposition party were left in the lurch. The flawed report was then sent to Delhi along with details of geotagging coordinates.

After ten long years, now that old data is being used for allotment of houses to the beneficiaries. From the part of the government, it could be like any other project implementation, but in villages the level of resentment escalated to a fever pitch.

People who had long been deprived of any government facilities were now forced to see the opposition party supporters snatching government benefits depriving the needy beneficiaries.

According to several elected representatives of Panchayats that come under the eight blocks of South Tripura, “for 25 long years our people suffered, did not get a single house, never even asked to submit their papers. Now when, our government is in power, we are helpless to do anything for our people. And, the growing discontent has started to come out.”

On the other hand, for the Block Development Officers who are responsible for the implementation of the scheme its a double whammy.

“The Centre is consistently pushing us to complete the house distribution process within the year 2022. And, in the field we are confronting a serious challenge as no cooperation is being extended from the end of elected representatives. The pressure is only mounting up upon us and until and unless proper steps are taken to handle the situation, this impasse will never resolve”, said a local official.

But, a point to which most of the people agreed without raising any doubt, it was the “partial and flawed survey” depriving the deserving people that had now snowballed into a big challenge before the administration.

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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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