Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday urged the Union Minister for the Development of North East Region G Kishan Reddy to abolish the quota system in Agar trade for seamless export of the highly profitable forest resource.
“I have informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the prospects of Agar in Tripura as well as the whole North-Eastern region. He instantly approved the export quota of 25,000 metric tons for Tripura,” said Deb while addressing the North East Festival programme organised in Guwahati, Assam.
Deb said, “I want to request the DoNER minister to abolish the quota system for Agar export and constitute a national board for Agar like tea.”
According to the Chief Minister, Agar cultivation is highly profitable for the North East. “The soil and climate here are fertile for Agar and the states should take advantage of this natural blessing. I will request the Union DoNER Minister to abolish the quota system on Agar exports in the coming days and form a National Board for it,” he said.
The Chief Minister further also informed the gathering where President of India Ramnath Kovind, Chief Ministers and senior ministers in the Union cabinet from the North East regions that Tripura is soon going to have its second high-tech airport.
“We have already identified land for the second airport in Tripura. Fruitful discussions with the Union Aviation Minister took place in this regard,” he said.
Deb also demanded a Vista Dome train for Tripura. “PM Modi gave a new status to North-East by renaming it with Ashtalakshmi. The kind of attention the central government has paid to the North East region is incomparable,” the CM added, saying that Tripura is also marching ahead with its resources like power, Agar etc.
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