Agartala: Even as the state is grappling from the novel coronavirus crisis, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday announced a financial package of Rs 579 crore for the poor people facing hardship to earn their livelihood.

The CM said this during the foundation stone laying programme for the proposed 150 LPM oxygen generation plant at Kherengbar Community Health Centre (CHC), at Khumulwng, the headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), about 20 km from here.

“As the people are facing difficulties due to the COVID-19 situation across the state, the government has decided to generate jobs of Rs 332 crore under the MGNREGA to ensure that the money reaches the hands of the people,” Deb said.

He also said that the Tripura government has decided to provide ration and financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to around 7 lakh needy families through direct bank transfer (DBT) which will cost RS 70 crore to the state government. Additionally, Rs 80 crore will be spent for providing ration to the needy families, he added.

Speaking further, Deb said that the government has also decided to provide two months’ social pension in advance to around four lakh beneficiaries. Rs 24 crore was already sanctioned for the poor under the Tripura Urban Employment Programme (TUEP) works in the urban local bodies, he added.

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Deb, who is also the health minister, said that the tribal council had demanded Rs 28 crore for upgrading the Kherengbar CHC in Khumulwng into a first referral unit (FRU) hospital.

“The state government has considered all the aspects and sanctioned Rs 30 crore — Rs 2 crore in addition from the state budget — to provide better health services to the indigenous people. The CHC will be now upgraded to a 150-bed hospital,” Deb added.

He also said that Tripura so far has held the top position in terms of vaccination of residents and said that 16,27,000 people have received the vaccines in the state so far.

Later, the chief minister also held a meeting with all the newly elected members of the district council (MDC) at TTAADC and discussed several aspects.

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