AGARTALA, Sept 20 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in Delhi on Thursday and apprised him of the progress of various flagship programmes in the State.
The Chief Minister briefed the Prime Minister of the recent initiatives and efforts of the State Government to put the State on the path of rapid economic development by focusing on those sectors of the State economy which have high potential for growth and income generation for the people.
Deb especially highlighted the need for development on priority basis of agriculture, horticulture and fisheries sectors which have the combined potential of preventing an outflow of about Rs 5,000 crore annually from Tripura, according to official sources.
The Prime Minister appreciated the initiatives and efforts of the State Government and assured of his continued support to the State which needs rapid growth. In course of the meeting, Deb also requested the Prime Minister to release an amount of Rs 358.70 crore to the State under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) for completion of 81 ongoing projects as recommended by NITI Aayog.
The Chief Minister also discussed the issue of release of Special Assistance of Rs 1,500 crore to enable the State to fulfill the commitment made to the people of the State as per the Vision Document.
He also highlighted the recent efforts of the State Government in preventing the drug menace prevalent in the State through �Nasha-mukta Tripura campaign. In this regard, the Prime Minister gave positive assurance in releasing outlay under SPA.
Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting which was attended by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Ministers and senior officials from Assam, top officials from Mizoram in the presence of Union Home Secretary and Joint Secretary (North East).
In the meeting, all the proposals of Chief Minister of Tripura, the amendment of Article 280 and Sixth Schedule of the Constitution were welcomed by Union Home Minister. Especially, the proposal of the Chief Minister for not limiting the representation of women to only 1/3 strength of the Council, rather, it may be fixed at �not less than 1/3 of the strength� so as to give flexibility to the State to increase the representation of women, in times to come.
The proposal to devolve tangible and financial powers to the Tribal Village Councils working under Autonomous District Council by Deb was also appreciated. Detailed discussions were held with reference to Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam to decide on measures for strengthening of the Tribal Village Councils and District Councils under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution.
NLFT and ATTF have been declared as unlawful associations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and the Home Ministry will finalise a scheme of surrender and rehabilitation of the remaining cadres.