Tripura: Deputy CM Meets Union Finance Minister
Agartala, November 25, 2022: Tripura’s Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Friday attended the “Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting” chaired by the union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi.
During the meeting, Tripura’s Deputy CM Dev Varma complimented union Finance minister Sitharaman for giving a growth-oriented last budget of financial year 2022-23 which focused on infrastructure, productivity, energy transition, with the overarching aim of increasing capital investment and inclusive development in the post pandemic recovery phase.
He especially thanked her for increasing the allocation under ‘Scheme for Financial Assistance to States for Capital Investment’ by over six-fold to Rs 1 lakh crore. Tripura has got an allocation of over Rs 700 crore under the scheme for various projects during the current financial year 2022-23.
A press communique informed, Deputy CM has put forward several demands including consideration of eight projects and a special financial package of Rs 500 crore for accelerating all round development of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
The main demands for kind consideration of the union Finance minister in the upcoming union budget of 2023-24:
Setting up of AIIMS like institution in Agartala Government Medical College Hospital Complex. The proposal will immensely benefit the people of the region by offering them premier healthcare facilities and promoting health tourism.
Allocation of Rs. 414 Crore for establishment of Dental College in Agartala. The State Government has already decided to set up a Dental College in Agartala.
A special financial package of Rs 500 crore may be provided for accelerating all round and inclusive development of areas under the TTAADC.
Setting up of an Integrated plant for production of Grey Fertilizer and Green Hydrogen in partnership with the Government of India. The plant will use emerging green technologies for producing grey fertilizer and green hydrogen using abundant natural gas and clean energy sources in the state.
Funding support of Rs 100 crore for Solar Micro Grids in rural and tribal areas. Tripura has taken a leapfrog jump in use of renewable energy especially solar micro grid systems for lighting people’s houses in rural especially tribal areas. These efforts have been recognized by the Prime Minister through ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and ‘Beneficiary Interaction’ programs. State government plans to connect all the tribal hamlets (still to be connected through grid power), with solar micro grids in the next two to three years with an investment of Rs 100 crore.