Chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb addressing farmers rally

Agartala: Graduates and engineers in Tripura are getting involved in the fishery sector and innovations instead of running behind politicians for government jobs, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday.

Addressing a mass gathering of farmers, Deb said that when he had suggested graduate students and engineers to become self-reliant and job creators, the Left parties had questioned his intentions.

He also said that a boy from the South district of Tripura had requested him on social media to visit his residence and see his innovation.

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“A boy named Sumit Paul, a resident of South Jolaibari, South Tripura district wrote on my social media account that he is a civil engineer graduate, preparing for government jobs. Besides, he has prepared a 10,000-litre biofloc fish-farming tank. He has asked me to visit and see his tank so that other youths like him get inspired”, Deb said.

Taking a dig on the left front, Deb asked the communists to wake up, adding, change has come in the state. In 35 years of the left rule, they have tried to damage the future of the youth by forcing them to run behind the political parties.

“The youths now don’t run behind the politicians for government jobs. Instead, they are preparing for jobs and also putting their efforts in innovation and towards becoming self-reliant. This is a new Tripura. This is not communists Tripura. This is Narendra Bhai Modi’s Tripura”, Deb added.

Speaking furthe,r Deb said that in the name of politics they (CPIM) did nothing for agricultural development.

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“Earlier, the government used them to join their rallies and meetings. Now, they only focus on cultivating crops in the field. Since introducing the minimum support price (MSP) 2.5 years ago, the farmers have received Rs 229 crore in their account. No government had taken such steps in the past,” the chief minister said.

He also questioned the CPIM in Tripura and Trinamool in West Bengal on why they didn’t take initiatives for the development of the farmers.

“Farmers of Tripura are getting Rs 6,000 annually from Krisan Samman Nidhi scheme. The rate of growth in agriculture was 6.4 per cent in the 25 years of communists, which has increased to 13.5 per cent under the present BJP government”, Deb said.

The event was also attended by deputy chief minister Jishnu Dev Varma, MP Rebati Tripura, food minister Manoj Kanti Deb, BJP state president Manik Saha, and agriculture minister Pranajit Sinha Roy.

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