Tripura CM celebrates New Year among inmates in old age home
To start the English New Year 2020 with the blessing of the seniors, which is the Indian tradition practiced on such occasion, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday visited the state run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Old Age Home at Narsingarh in the outskirts of capital Agartala.
Deb passed the day interacting with the inmates and later took part in the birthday celebration of an octogenarian lady for whom a birthday cake party was organised.
The Chief Minister also distributed shawls and had his lunch with the inmates.
Deb said, “Starting the new years with blessing from the elderly is our Indian tradition. I have an elderly person at my home, my mother. She blesses me every day and so on this New Year day in addition to her I also came here to seek blessing from the elderly people who live here.”
He added, “Here all total 49 elderly people live and I came to pass some time among them. I pray for their good health and hope that with their blessings I can take Tripura in the path of development and achieve our goal.”
During his interaction with the inmates the Chief Minister tried know and understand about their problems and what additional facilities could make their life comfortable and easy.
He also visited the rooms, kitchen and inspected about the existing facilities in the home.
Later Deb had a discussion with the officials of the Social Welfare and Social Education department about various issues those he learned from the inmates and on his observation during inspection.
The Chief Minister today announced that the inmates would get Rs. 1000 as monthly social allowance in the form of Old Age pension and which shall be phase wise increased up to Rs. 2000.
Deb viewed that with this monthly allowance the elderly people living in such Homes shall be able to spend some amount to fulfill their small wishes beside medicines.
He assured on solving the prevailing issues in the Home at earliest and referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachcha Bharat Abhiyan, he advised all to maintain cleanliness in an around the Home.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also asked the Home inmates to opening Jan Dhan account to avail the facility of direct transfer of the allowance into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
All inmates were very happy to get the Chief Minister on this day and viewed that for the first time they got to speak to the CM and convey their problems.
It may be mentioned here that this is Deb’s first visit to the home since he took charge as Chief Minister of Tripura some 22 months back and he is the lone CM in the history of the state who spend so long time to personally experience and know about the issues in connection to the inmates of the old age home which was established on 1st April 1961.