Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday set a target of Rs 50,000 crore for the state’s budgetary allocations in the next five years. Deb said in the last five years the state’s budget saw a dramatic increase of Rs 11,000 crore from a little above Rs 16,000 crore to about Rs 27,000 crore. And, now the next target is to touch the landmark of Rs 50,000 crore in the next five years.
Addressing the closing ceremony of 40th Agartala Book Fair at Hapania International Fair ground, Deb said, “BJP has freed Tripura from directionless governments. Today, we have plans for the next 25 years and, accordingly, the aspiring youth of the state can decide what profession they want to pursue. Once people have the idea of where the state government will spend more, they can vouch for exploring career options in that particular sector.”
Comparing the budget proposals with the last term of the previous Left government and the first term of the present government, Deb said, “From the financial year 2013-14 to 2016-27, the size of the budget increased only by a little over Rs 4,000 crore. They (7th Left Front) started with Rs 7,000 crore and ended with Rs 12,442 crore. We have started with Rs 16,000 crore and this year we have succeeded in touching Rs 26,893 crore. The change is visible.”
“Today, I want to tell everyone, in the next five years, our Tripura’s budget will reach the landmark of Rs 50,000 crore. We are tirelessly working in that direction.”
Hitting out at the Left, Deb said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment is towards the people of the country unlike the Left who have only one commitment… that is party. Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s intent to bring a change is visible. The way allocations have been increased in the defence sector and domestic companies are being given preference, it shows the country is heading towards self reliance in the defence sector as well.”
The Chief Minister added, “Under the leadership of PM Modi, India has reached such a height that the country’s opinion now matters in all critical situations. We have seen it in the Russia-Ukraine war. When our neighbours like Pakistan and Sri Lanka are undergoing a crisis, our economy is moving forward with positive growth despite the harsh impact of Covid 19.”
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