CM appeals women to be active towards combating Drug menace

Agartala, Feb 22: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday said that the government is working tirelessly for overall development of the state including the economic development. Deb on Tuesday inaugurated the newly built State of the Art building of Women’s ITI at Indranagar. In his address to the gathering of students and staff of the Women’s ITI college today Deb mainly stressed on the drug menace and its curb. He blamed the previous government over the drug menace in the state and said, “During the tenure of the previous government, an environment for free trade of drugs was created in the state.

The youths of the state were pushed towards drug addiction.” “Forming a drug-free Tripura is not possible for the government and the security forces alone, but the women should also play a significant role in this towards bringing down the menace of drugs,” Deb said adding that government would not compromise with drug traffickers. He said, “Tripura under the rule of the present government has awakened new hope in all walks of life. Just as the per capita income of the people in the state has increased, so has the monthly income of the farmers.”

He added that at around 3 lakhs women across the state are engaged to at least 26000 Self-Help Groups (SHGs). “The state has now created a conducive environment for setting up new industries. As a result, the need for skilled people in the industry will be met through the students who have passed from the ITIs of the state,” the Chief Minister said, “In the last three years, about 400 people who have passed ITIs in various fields of the state have got employment. The rest are also becoming self-sufficient through various schemes of various central and state governments.”

Meanwhile, the state industry and commerce minister Manoj Kanti Deb addressing the gathering said that ITIs are the best medium for one to become self-sufficient. At present there are 19 ITIs in the state, out of which at least 7 new ITIs were opened during the last four years. He said, “Proposals have already been sent to the central government to set up more ITIs. The present government has given highest priority to education. As a result, most of the budget is allocated for the development of the education sector.” With the cost of Rs. 8 crore, the Women’s ITI was built covering an area of 806.40 Sq.Mts. Education on different courses including Basic Cosmetology, Computer Aided Embroidery Design and Surveyor are to be rendered in the ITI.

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