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MoS Pratima announces free equipment for divangyas in Tripura

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Agartala: Union Minister of State Social Justice and Empowerment Pratima Bhoumik on Sunday said that not less than one Lakh Divangya people across the state would get locomotive and hearing equipment free of cost.

The Minister also added that under separate schemes, the Centre will distribute free equipment to the elderly persons and also bear the expenses of cochlear implant for children having hearing disabilities.

Speaking to the reporters after participating in a gathering of listeners of PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat, she said, “the Central government is keen to work in the interest of the people. If I talk about my own ministry, I have set a target of distributing equipment among one lakh people battling different kinds of disabilities. Even if someone wants more than two to three pieces of equipment, they can get it free of cost under the centrally sponsored scheme”. She said, a statewide assessment is underway to ascertain the real figures.

“In Gomati district only, more than 5,000 beneficiaries have been selected. Apart from that, another assessment is going on at par to find out the number of elderly people who need apparatus like spectacles, sticks, wheelchairs fixed with commode facilities etc. Soon the distribution programme will be started”, said Bhoumik.

The Minister also appealed to the pediatricians of the state to help the poor children who were battling hearing disabilities.

“Under the Central government’s scheme, children of two to three years of age can access free treatment if they are facing any kind of hearing problems. We are giving funds for a cochlear transplant. I want to make an appeal to the child specialists as if they find anyone suffering from similar problems, they should suggest the parents apply for the schemes”, she added.

Bhoumik also laid emphasis on the cultivation of medicinal plants and eco-friendly agricultural practices.

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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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