Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha on Wednesday launched a comprehensive development program for indigenous communities of the state—the Chief Minister’s Tribal Development Mission—to ensure the reach of all the government benefits to the indigenous communities of the state to mark the 148th birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, a prominent freedom fighter who fought against the attempt of religious conversion by the British.
In the program, he also launched the second phase of the Prati Ghore Susashan (Good Governance to Every Household) campaign to ensure delivery of the benefits and basic amenities to every citizen, which coincides with the launch of the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra (VBSY) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and highlighting the development initiative of the BJP-led government in Tripura, the Chief Minister said Tripura has been reintroduced to the rest of the world through its unique features and products like pineapple, bamboo, lemon, and excellent human resources. Connectivity in Tripura got a facelift under the BJP’s rule with the benevolent support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last few years.
“Tripura is now connected with all metros and major cities by express and superfast trains; affordable and sustainable airlines have connected Agartala with the rest of the world; the Agartala-Akhaura railway service is set to roll via Dhaka to Kolkata; and Maitri Setu over the River Feni has widened the business scope of Northeast via Tripura with Southeast Asian countries, which will soon turn the region into a trade hub,” Dr Saha stated.
Besides, a state-level committee under the stewardship of the Chief Secretary, district implementation committees under DMs have been formed for the identification of new beneficiaries, extending the benefits of the centrally sponsored schemes to the last mile, like VBSY, he said, adding, “Administrative camps will be organized in the Gram Panchayat, Village Committee, and Block level for the identification of beneficiaries for both central and state-funded schemes who are still left out.”
“The objective of the campaign is to reach a saturation point in benefit transfer to the people,” CM said.
In the first phase of the campaign, around 23 lakh numbers of benefits were transferred to the different sections of the population. VBSY is a nationwide initiative aimed at ensuring the implementation of the government’s flagship schemes in 2.7 lakh panchayats and 15,000 urban bodies by January next year, and the state government campaign is also designed to achieve the same objectives.
The ministers and top officials of the state administration will monitor the Prati Ghore Susashan 2.0 program to ensure that the facilities of the central and state governments reach the deserving people for balanced growth of development, said Secretary to CM Dr PK Chakraborty, adding, “Eight cabinet ministers have given the responsibilities of eight districts to monitor and review the progress of the schemes with reporting system”.