Agartala, November 18: Making women self-reliant is one of the goals of the state government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision is to empower women and achieve economic self-reliance. The current state government is working towards this goal. Chief Minister Professor (Dr.) Manik Saha said this while inaugurating the 17th Regional Saras Mela at Hapaniya International Fair Grounds today. The Chief Minister said that the present central and state governments have given importance to women’s self-empowerment. About 75 percent of India’s people live in rural areas. Economic development of the country and state will accelerate if rural women become financially self-reliant. The present state government has made serious efforts for the development of rural women. which could not be noticed before. Highlighting the statistics of self-help groups in the state, the Chief Minister said that in the financial year 2017-18, the number of women members in self-help groups in the state was 39 thousand 82. After the present government came to power, the number of women members increased to 3 lakh 45 thousand. As of 2017-18, the number of self-help groups in the state was 4,153. After the arrival of the current government, it has increased to 38 thousand 657. In 2017-18, the revolving fund of self-help groups was given 32 crore 67 lakh rupees. 347 crores 61 lakhs have been given in the revolving fund after the coming of the present government.

The chief minister said that the present state government is confident in the work. The development picture of the government is being proved through work. He further said that now the funds of various government projects are directly reaching the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. Common people’s trust in the government is increasing. All these things are possible because of the clear vision of the present government. He said that the current government is working to double the income of farmers. Farmer’s income increased from 6 thousand to 11 thousand taka. He said that people’s faith in the health services of the state is also increasing at present. The trend of going outside for treatment has decreased. Initiatives have been taken to convert primary health centers into wellness centers. Currently 7 national highways are under construction across the state. This government is also taking a very significant role in improving the communication system. He said that the central government has already sanctioned 10 thousand 222 crores to Tripura for the purpose of improving Tripura road communication system.

The Chief Minister said on the occasion that the present state government has adopted zero tolerance policy against drugs. It has also achieved success in the anti-narcotics campaign. Tripura ranks 5th from the bottom in terms of law and order among the 28 states in the country. This government believes in constructive thinking. In this context, he highlighted the ‘Amar Sarkar’ web portal. Through which common people of rural areas will be able to report their problems directly to the government. He expressed hope that the government’s relationship with the people would be stronger.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister unveiled the cover of a book titled ‘Lakhpati Didi’ on the success stories of women of self-help groups. The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Theme Pavilion of the 17th Regional Saras Mela. This fair will continue till November 30. This year there are 342 stalls in the fair. Among them, the number of stalls of self-help groups is 321. There are 6 stalls of self-help groups outside the state. Smita Mall, Chief Executive Officer, Tripura Rural Livelihood Mission delivered the welcome speech at the inaugural function. In addition, the special secretary of the Department of Rural Development spoke. Sandeep and Rathore. The vote of thanks was delivered by the District Magistrate of West Tripura district and Deputy Debpriya Vardhan. West Tripura District President Antara Sarkar Dev, MLA Mimi Majumder, Pur Nigam Mayor Deepak Majumder and others were present.

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