Tripura’s per capita income has increased substantially and is likely to cross Rs. 1.50 lakh in the financial year 2019-20 declared Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday.
He was addressing the gathering at the International Fair Ground and Exhibition Centre, Hapania after inaugurating the twelve-day long 15th Saras Fair that showcast exquisite works by rural artisans and craftsmen of Tripura along with few other states.
“Besides the urban areas, the rural parts of Tripura are also developing economically following which the per capita income has increased substantially and it is expected to cross Rs. 1.50 lakh in the financial year 2019-20,” said Shri Deb adding, “Saras is the symbol of self-reliance and the main role of the state government is to achieve self sufficiency.”
The Chief Minister emphasized on generating income through Self Help Groups (SHGs), Cooperatives, MSMEs and industries.
“The state is developing in the field of infrastructure which is paving the way for employment generation to the common people,” Shri Deb said.
He asked the concerned authority to take initiative with priority to commercialize the products of Self Help Groups of the state as it plays a vital role in employment creation and socio-economic development of the rural areas.
The state government, he said, is giving highest priority to the development of rural areas and the state already achieved noticeable success in terms of implementing various schemes including MGNREGA.
Tripura received 13 prizes in national level in just twenty months for its outstanding performance in the field of rural development, he said.
Deb said, “To achieve “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Viswas” goal of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, the state government is committed to provide facilities of various schemes to all, irrespective of political affiliations.”
He added, “Under the present government those living even in remote rural areas of the state have received electricity connections through Soubhagya Yojana—it is the actual Gram Swaraj and good governance.”
Explaining some the initiatives taken by the present government to bring economic benefit to the farmers of the state Deb said, “Queen variety of pineapple produced in Tripura is now known across the country and abroad. And, the pineapple growers, who were facing a severe loss following apathy of previous government, started seeing profit after the steps taken by the new government.”
Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Verma, Sabhadhipati of Paschim Tripura Zilla Parishad- Antara Sarkar Deb, MLA Ratan Chakraborty, MLA Arun Chandra Bhowmik, MLA Dr. Dilip Das, MLA Mimi Majumder and other officials were present in the opening ceremony.
This year, as many as 232 Self Help Groups of Tripura and outside opened stalls in the Saras Fair to continued till January 13 next.
Altogether 14 stalls of nine states- Uttar Pradesh, Jammu Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa are there in the fair.
Chief Minister Deb accompanied by other dignitaries also inspected different stalls opened by the Self Help Groups.
Under the aegis of the Ministry of State Rural Development and District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) the fair aims at facilitating the Special Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY) beneficiaries, rural artisans, craftsperson, self help groups (SHGs) and NGOs from all over India to exhibit and sell their impressive range of rural wares and products and interaction on a large scale.
Moreover, this mega event would provide them a golden opportunity for additional income and exposure on a large scale.