Tripura Govt sought intervention of Centre, NERC for implementation of developmental projects: CM Dr. Manik Saha

Aiming to boost the state’s economy and generate more employment opportunities in the state, the Tripura government is working on developing the tourism sector, said Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha on Monday. Ending the two days long 70th plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council in Guwahati, Dr. Saha reached the state on Monday and said that the Centre was apprised of the developmental activities of the state, which are being undertaken under the able guidance of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Addressing a press conference here at Agartala civil secretariat conference hall, Dr. Saha said that he had apprised the NEC about the Tripura Tourism Policy – 2020-25. He said, “The aim of the state government is to provide international-standard infrastructure and services to the tourists. I expressed my opinion in the meeting and I said that the favourable support of the central government will stimulate this effort of the government.”

The Chief Minister said that the Central Government has planned to set up an AIIMS in every state of the country under the Pradhan Mantri Swastha Suraksha Yojana. “Tripura government has also identified a site for setting up an AIIMS-standard hospital and in this regard, I demanded the NEC to expedite the necessary works for setting up a multi-speciality hospital in the state.” “I requested the Central Government to consider formation of the Agar-wood Board in the state with headquarters at Agartala like Tea Board, Coffee Board, Rubber Board and Spices Board. I also emphasized on the use of e-market places for marketing of tea produced in the state,” Saha told reporters.

Dr. Saha said that the matter of taking necessary steps to export Tripura tea to Bangladesh was brought to the notice of the central government in the two-day 70th plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council. “Tripura is the second largest producer of natural rubber in the country. In my speech at the NEC meeting I asked the Central Government to request the Rubber Board to provide special incentives to the rubber producers of the state and to construct modern smoke houses.”

The issue of setting up a major land port on the border of North Eastern states was again raised from India's side in the meeting. The Chief Minister mentioned in the meeting to request the Bangladesh Government to complete all the facilities to effectively open the Maitri Bridge over the Feni River to connect Tripura with the Chittagong Port. “The issue of requesting the Government of Bangladesh to provide no objection to the construction of Integrated Development Complex at Muhurighat and Manughat was also raised in the discussion,” Dr. Saha said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said, “I specifically drew the attention of the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and sought the intervention of the Ministry to consider adequate supply of gas to the state’s industry and commerce department to boost industry.” “During my visit to the Budjungnagar industrial estate in the recent past, I was told that unless adequate gas is supplied to the sector, setting up of industry would be difficult in the estate. Keeping this in view I sought the intervention of the union ministry for adequate supply of gas,” Dr. Saha said, adding that the Gas Authority of India Limited is playing the main responsibility in the state for supplying gas through pipelines to the city. But supply of natural gas to industry and commerce in the state is not possible without the approval of the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he told reporters.

The Chief Minister also demanded the centre for extension of parcel van service upto Kumarghat railway station to facilitate the transportation of Agarbati's Shalaka. Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha said that he had sought all-out support of the Central Government and the North Eastern Regional Council for implementation of a number of developmental projects related to the interest of the state. Various issues related to the North East such as SDG, District Indicator Framework for North East, potential of tourism industry in the North East, investment in private sector (PPP), 5G services, launch of digital schools, development of entrepreneurship etc. were discussed in the meeting. The Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah had presided over the two-day long 70th plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council in Guwahati, Assam.

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