Around 6,000-7,000 farmers will benefit following the decision Credit: File image

Agartala: Tripura’s request for allowing the farmers to continue agricultural activities on the other side of the India-Bangladesh border has been accepted by the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

A video message circulated by the chief minister’s office (CMO) informed that the Centre has accepted the request of state government and now the farmers will be allowed to collect crops from their lands located on the other side of the border.

“The farmers will be allowed to cross the border for a specific time in presence of BSF, administrative officers and health staff at the gate. Around 6,000 to 7,000 farmers will be benefited following the decision,” the chief minister said.

He also said that the state government would take appropriate steps regarding the safe return of the stranded people by maintaining all the guidelines prescribed by the Centre. “We are now going through a crucial period. If the people of the state stranded in other parts of the country become restless for returning home, the state will suffer,” he said.

The chief minister also said that state government had already approached the Centre for introducing point-to-point train service to bring back the stranded people from other states and send back the people of other states now stranded in Tripura.

He also said that the tax revenue collection of Tripura has come down to only Rs 20 crore in the month of April due to the COVID19 pandemic. But the state government already started working in primary sectors to strengthen the economy.

“The tax revenue collection of the state should have been Rs 200 crore in the month of April. But, the state recorded tax revenue collection of only Rs 20 crore. Similarly, the state registered non-taxable income of only Rs 15 crore, which was supposed to be Rs 25 crore in the month of April,” Deb added.

The chief minister also said that the state will soon get a logistics hub at Sabroom. He said the loan has already been sanctioned for the project and DPR would be prepared soon.

Deb in his tweet on Saturday extended his gratitude to Union minister for industries and commerce Piyush Goyal for his efforts in taking up the project.

The logistics hub is expected to attract investors and open huge trade opportunities in the entire NE region transforming Tripura into a gateway to Southeast Asia.

He also said that the use of masks by customers and shop keepers in all shops and drivers of all vehicles was made mandatory and fine would be imposed in case of violation of the order.

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