Representatives of the three-tier panchayat in Tripura took an oath to refrain themselves from corruption

Agartala: Stressing on the need for a corruption-free society, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb has urged all government employees and panchayat-level members to stay away from the kind of activities which will promote such illegal practices in the state. He also announced to take stern action against government employees or panchayat-level workers involved in corruption.

“To avoid corruption and involvement in scams, salaries of the three-tier panchayat-level members have also been increased — almost twice to what they used to get earlier. Now, the Zila Parishad presidents will get Rs 15,000, while the vice presidents will get Rs 12,000 per month. The Panchayat Samiti chairmen will receive Rs 10,000. Vice presidents will receive Rs 7,000. The Block Advisory Committee (BAC) chairman allowance has also been increased from Rs 3,250 to Rs 10,000,” Deb said, while addressing the inaugural session of a day-long seminar on responsibility, power and function of three-tier panchayat in Agartala on Friday.

Elaborating on various government initiatives to curb corruption, the state chief minister further said that now, a panchayat-level secretary can directly communicate with state’s principal secretary in case of any corruption-related issues developed in the area.

During the meeting, chief minister also made everyone to take oath of not getting themselves involved in any corruption and help the government make drug-free, malnutrition-free, women empowered Tripura.

In his speech, Deb also announced to donate his six months’ salary for installing garbage dustbins in 1,100 village markets across the state.

Talking further, he said that to mark the 69th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Tripura government has decided to celebrate his birthday “Seva Saptah” from September 14 to 20.

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