Agartala (Tripura) , April 14 :Union Minister of Tribal Welfare Joel Oram has asserted that the Centre was committed to extending full support to the new government in Tripura for its overall development, especially that of the backward communities.
He was speaking yesterday at the inaugural function of Biju festival of Chakma tribe at Pecharthal in Unokoti district along with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Social Welfare Minister Santana Chakma. The celebration will begin today on the last day of Bengali year..
Biju is one of the oldest festivals of Tripura but this is for the first time that any central minister attended the programme and affirmed that the Union government would render it's cooperation to brand the festival as an annual event for rest of the country to help boost tourism.
Praising the rich culture and heritage of Tripura, Mr Oram pointed out that the state has many unique features but it was not highlighted properly outside the state. 'Now the new government at the state, with the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will develop Tripura in a time bound manner,' he said.
He opined that Tripura has huge potential of religious, cultural, medical and eco-tourism which had not been explored by the previous government. They did not take adequate steps for the development of tribal and backward sections of the society, which appeared to be the biggest hindrance for development.
Referring to the plan of central government, he said Tripura has only seven Eklavya Model Residential Schools and the central government has decided to establish 15 more where around 300 plus students can study free of cost. The central government will spend Rs 25 crore.
'We will extend our full support to improve social and economic development of the people living in tribal dominated areas and each and every household in far-flung areas will have power connection in a time bound manner,' he added.
The chief minister also highlighted the BJP-IPFT government's quest for all-round development and said, 'Tripura could be a haven when it comes to tourism. People visit Egypt by spending hefty sums of money to see the Nile but they don't sink in the beauty of Chabuimura in Amarpur. (UNI)