Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking financial assistance of Rs 2761 Cr to tide over the state’s revenue deficit and completion of various development projects.
The government release today said Deb sought Rs 600 Cr to complete the ongoing projects of Rs 1000 Cr while urging PM to remove the moratorium from the externally aided projects because of poor financial condition, which was deepened further due to Covid-19 pandemic.
During the meeting Chief Minister had made a special mention over open market borrowing for managing the gap in non plan expenditure and also expressed the intention of the state government to get a loan of Rs. 600 Cr from NABARD for current fiscal to manage the state finance.
“The Prime Minister assured the state to ponder thought over the issues,” the release claimed. The statement further maintained that Deb had briefed the Prime Minister about the performance of the state government under BJP-IPFT rule in past 33 months and highlighted the success in agriculture, farmers’ welfare, horticulture, fisheries, animal resources and small entrepreneurs.
Deb had also met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Road Transport Minister Nitin Godkari and discussed infrastructure development issues of the state.The Chief Minister said Shah has assured the Tripura government of developing an integrated check post and cargo handling facility at Nischintapur, the upcoming railway
junction Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) to boost trade between two countries, which is expected to be completed by this year.
Deb also requested central minister to expedite DPR preparation for Logistics Hub in the upcoming Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Sabroom for funding from Asian Development Bank. Also, sought support of the central government for development of rubber and tea industries including procurement of rubber and bringing investment for setting up of rubber based manufacturing units in Tripura.