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PM Narendra Modi assured all possible help from the centre to Tripura government in building the Agarwood based economy and doubling farmer’s income

Agartala: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured all possible help from the centre to Tripura government in building the Agarwood based economy and doubling the farmer’s income.  

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has contemplated to focus on Agar cultivation in “mission mode” where he sees a tremendous potential for Tripura’s economic growth.

But, unlike other agricultural or forest products, Agar is something that requires a lengthy paperwork and clearances from several central ministries and agencies engaged in its legal trade across the globe.

However, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb put up the issue with all the concerned ministries and today during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this issue came up for discussion.

Deb has submitted a detailed proposal report to the PM to expedite the issue. The report deals with “fixing quota for export of Agarwood and Agar products under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species of wild Fauna and Flora) rules.

According to the Chief Minister, the State of Tripura has an abundance of Agar trees and at present over 50 Lakh Agar trees are available in the State. In order to explore the potential of Agar for state economy, the State Government has launched Tripura Agarwood Policy 2021, wherein a slew of policy interventions are proposed for next five years.

Doubling the area under Agarwood plantation by 2025. Setting up of a testing laboratory and trade centre. Getting technology for artificial inoculation. Simplification and automation of the procedure on certificate of origin in line with requirements under CITES rules. Research in the unexplored field of Agar wood species.

The Chief Minister felt that if all these positive interventions are implemented on ground, Tripura will see a major boost in the Agar based economic activities. Even the official estimated a formal economy to the size of 20 billion can be achieved through this sector.

“With this intervention, the state is expected to generate the economy worth 20 billion rupees annually in the next three years. Actions on the above issues have been started by the Forest Department. However, the main impediment to this policy appears to be an allotment of quota from the Ministry of Environment Forest and climate change for export of legally extracted agarwood from the state of Tripura”, a highly placed source has said.

Apart from that, the State Government had requested Union Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and climate change,  to expedite the Non-Detriment Finding (NDF) Study for Agarwood species under the relevant provisions of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).

As per the findings of the study, the ministry has recommended the export of 25000 kg of Agarwood chips and 1500 kg of Agar oil for the entire country.

However, Tripura Forest Department contested the NDF study and officially communicated its stand to Addl. Director General of Forest (Wild life) that as per existing population of Agar tree in the Tripura State itself expects the quota of 75000 kg of Agar chips and 1500 kg of Agar oil.

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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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