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Rs 1300 crore project exclusively for tribal areas shortly, announces FM Nirmala Sitharaman

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Agartala: The Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman who is on a two day visit to Tripura, on Friday inaugurated a host of development projects.

The Union Finance Minister said, “within a week to ten days, the ambitious project aimed to create sustainable livelihood and infrastructure development worth Rs 1,300 crore will be cleared from the central government. The project will be implemented exclusively in the tribal dominated areas of the state.”
According to her, half of the state’s population belonged to Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste communities and the government needs to make concerted efforts to create enough livelihood opportunities for these people. “The world bank and the central government will fund this ambitious project together”, she added.
The Finance Minister said that she had been told that the people living in the remote hamlets of the state do not have connecting roads to the national highways. Moreover, due to lack of connectivity schools and other basic amenities can’t reach the people.
“The roads are important. In emergency situations people face a lot of hurdles due to lack of connectivity. In addition, people here don’t have the security of a basic income slab. Sustainable livelihood generation is also a priority of the government. This is why we are going to implement this Rs 1,300 crore project”, said Sitharaman.
Apart from this, the Union Minister also announced two more projects worth Rs 21 crore. “These projects are cleared today. The first project is widening four national highways for which the government has sanctioned Rs 14 crore and the other one is related to digitization of Agartala smart City”, said the Union Minister.
Hailing PM Modi, she said Prime Minister Modi wants to honour the efforts of women in the family.
 “He always wants to give priority to the women whenever he comes up with a new scheme. The Ujjwala Yojana and Jal Jeevan Mission are glaring examples of his views”, she said.
Earlier, Sitharaman inaugurated multi-crore projects digitally from the dias. The projects include: a 132 KV power station, 80,000 functional household tap waters, seven projects under RIDF, SPA and a surface water treatment plant funded by Asian Development Bank.

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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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