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Tripura to expand rubber plantation by 3,000 hectares under ATMA scheme

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Agartala: In a collective effort to increase production of natural rubber, Tripura has set a target of expanding rubber plantation by 3,000 hectares under the first phase of Automotive Tyres Manufacturing Association (ATMA) sponsored scheme.

The Rubber Board India, Tripura Forest Development Corporation, TTAADC, and other government agencies have collaborated with the scheme to ensure that Tripura can achieve the mark of quality rubber production, sources in the industries and commerce department told the RiseEast.

“The ATMA has sanctioned a Rs 1,100 crore pan-North East scheme for overall development of rubber. In the first phase, a target of 5,115 hectare has been set and till September 2021, altogether 2,800 hectares have been brought under the purview of new plantation. But the results are far more satisfying for Tripura as the state has alone contributed 1,600 hectares in the 2,800 total. Our efforts are fetching swift results because of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s consistent supervision and guide,” a source in the department said.

According to Rubber Board India statistics, Tripura has a total 1,06,400 hectares existing plantation that annually produces 69,950 Metric Ton of natural rubber. “We have been given a target of 3,008 hectares expansion. The big challenge now is to maintain the quality of the rubber. The ATMA is imparting capacity building training across the state to create a sustainable ecosystem in the region so that quality rubber can be used in the tyre manufacturing industry”, the source added.

In Tripura, he said, the lion’s share of the produced rubber belongs to the lowest grade quality. The reason being lack of awareness among people regarding scientific tapping and refining. “In the last three years, a total of 500 smokehouses have been opened across the state for quality upgradation of rubber. And, it is a matter of immense joy for the cultivators now, 30 per cent of Tripura’s total rubber production has reached the third quality grade category”, the source added.

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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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