By TC News Desk
Agartala, September 28, 2022: ICA minister Sushanta Chowdhury on Wednesday said that the state government has given priority to the development of agriculture and the welfare of farmers to improve the rural economy of the state. The government is working to make even the last person of the society economically self-reliant, he added.
Addressing a ceremony to provide compensation to farmers affected by the heavy rains under the National Disaster Relief Fund scheme based in West Tripura district at Agnibina Hall in Jirania today, Chowdhury said that the government is working on plans not only for the welfare of farmers but also to make the last people of the society self-reliant.
In the financial year 2021-2022, the affected farmers of the state are being compensated under the National Disaster Relief Fund scheme. In total, 5 thousand 829 farmers of West Tripura district will be compensated under this scheme and Rs 101.45 lakhs will be paid directly into the bank accounts of the affected farmers of the district, he added.
ICA minister also said that to build a self-reliant Tripura, farmers should be made self-reliant. The central and state governments have taken various steps for the development of agriculture and welfare of farmers. Farmers are benefiting from implementation of programs like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, PM-Kisan, Soil Health Card, purchase of paddy at subsidized price. Farmers are being provided modern agricultural machinery for improved farming practices.
MLAs Dr Dilip Das, Dhirendra Debvarma, Jirania Panchayat Samiti Vice-Chairman Pritam Debnath and others spoke in the programme. Dipak Kumar Das, Joint Director of the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare department delivered the welcome speech while Uttam Das, Deputy Director of the department delivered the vote of thanks.
Samaresh Biswas, chairman of West Tripura Zilla Parishad Standing Committee on Agriculture, Manju Das, Chairman of Jirania Panchayat Samiti and Ratan Kumar Das, Chairperson of Jirania Nagar Panchayat were present.
Apart from this, Rs 36 lakh was given as loan to 26 self-help groups in the Tripura Urban Livelihood Mission. Moreover, Rs 26 lakh 40 thousand have been given to 16 members of self-help group. In the event, 7 street vendors were given pushcarts and 2 e-rickshaws.