Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb (left) discussing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi

Agartala: In order to discuss on several development projects and get support from the Centre, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb met with senior Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Mansukh Mandaviya, Smriti Z Irani and vice-chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar in New Delhi recently.

During his meeting with the NITI Aayog vice-chairman, Deb discussed financial issues and infrastructure developments in Tripura. Mentioning about geographical location and problems faced by the people, he submitted several proposals for development of the state. He has requested for increase in percentage of Central share from 42% to 50% for Tripura’s development.

While holding discussion with Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal, the CM said that the Central government gave the approval to open two more border haats, but failed to receive ‘no objection certificate’ from the Bangladeshi government. In this case, he urged the Central minister to take immediate steps to get this approval from the neighbouring country.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb (right) with Union minister of commerce and industry Piyush Goyal in New Delhi

The CM also highlighted the significance of withdrawing the restrictions on the export of goods from Bangladesh to Tripura and vice versa. So far, the restriction was withdrawn only in eight products. He urged the Union minister to help the state in exporting products to Bangladesh through land and custom station of Tripura at the earliest.

Discussing with Union textile minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Deb stressed on the tie-up between Tripura Bamboo Mission and National Centre for Design and Product Development (NCDPD) which will lead to the implementation of various projects related to bamboo.

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Earlier, the ministry of agriculture and farmer welfare in 2018 constituted the National Bamboo Mission. The purpose behind this was to promote the production of booming bamboo in other areas except for forest, production, and valuation of fiber products and marketing, etc. However, an MoU was signed between the Tripura Bamboo Mission and the NCDPD on June 2.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb (left) with Union textiles minister Smriti Zubin Irani in New Delhi

The NCDPD is a project management agency in Tripura for implementation of the National Bamboo Mission in Tripura. The National Bamboo Mission is a five-year programme that focuses on cultivating commercially profitable economies of bamboo in the area of 2,000 hectares like mrittanga, betu/bom, barak/barua, rupai and konokaich.

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This project will help directly and indirectly by employing 48,000 people by 2025. The bamboo trade of Tripura will reach Rs 475 crore with the bamboo industries, thus the National Bamboo Mission has approved a project of Rs 56 crore for a five-year period of till 2022-23 financial year.

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