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Pratima announces distribution of books worth over Rs 20 lakh for 70 schools and 5 colleges in West Tripura seat


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, March 14: In a significant boost to educational resources, West Tripura MP and Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment, Pratima Bhoumik, announced the distribution of text and reference books to 70 schools and 5 colleges within the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency. A total of Rs 20.75 lakh from the MP fund has been allocated for this initiative.

The first phase of this distribution commenced on Thursday at a ceremony held at Pragati School in the state capital, where MoS Bhoumik personally handed over books to representatives from 9 schools. The event was attended by dignitaries including Pragati School’s Principal Anwesha Debbarma, local Corporator Abhishek Dutta, and members of the School Management Committee (SMC), among others.

Addressing the gathering, MoS Bhoumik emphasized the enduring value of books in an age dominated by digital media. She commented that a well-crafted book is akin to a loyal companion, asserting that despite the vast strides in modernization and digitalization, the profound sentiments evoked by reading remain unchanged.

MoS Bhoumik also highlighted the transformative steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to revamp the education sector. “Over the past few years, significant transformations have swept through the education landscape, not just in Tripura but nationwide. These changes encompass a spectrum from bolstering infrastructure to the rollout of diverse schemes, resulting in a notable decline in dropout rates. Particularly noteworthy is the remarkable shift observed among girls, who, once prone to premature exits from education, are now actively pursuing higher academic pursuits,” she elaborated.

Expressing her satisfaction with the use of MP funds for educational purposes, MoS Bhoumik said, “It gives me extreme happiness to be able to spend money from the MP fund on buying books for the students.”

The initiative extends beyond schools, with 5 colleges, including Women’s College, Ramthakur College, Udaipur College, Belonia College, and Sonamura College, also set to receive new books. This move is expected to enrich the academic resources available to students and facilitate better learning outcomes in the region.

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