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People of J&K have great faith in PM Modi: Smriti Irani

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Union Women and Child Welfare Minister Smriti Irani, on her visit to Jammu and Kashmir said that the people of the union territory have great faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the government is eager to fulfill the promises made to the people.

Smriti Irani is on a two-day visit to Budgam as part of the Central Government’s Special Initiative for the Union Territory of Kashmir.

Smriti Irani said, “Everyone I met today has faith in Prime Minister Modi and we are eager to fulfill the promises made by the central government to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

The Union Minister said that 31,000 smartphones have been distributed to 28,000 Anganwadi centres operating in Jammu and Kashmir and around Rs 9 crore has been given as monetary relief to eligible women and children in the Union Territory under the Poshan Abhiyan scheme.

She appreciated and thanked the efforts of the district administration for the measures taken to provide their services despite the challenging circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic.

During her visit, Smriti Irani also laid the foundation stone for upgradation of 10 km road from Budgam-Mamat-Handjan to be constructed by NABARD at a cost of Rs 5.85 crore.

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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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