Tripura’s ruling BJP-IPFT government started a two-day Chintan Shibir (thought camp) at Agartala to prepare a “comprehensive roadmap” for development of the state with Niti Ayog ahead of the apex planning body’s next meeting.
While speaking at the inaugural session of the Chintan Shibir at Prajna Bhavan Friday, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb talked about Tripura’s necessities and its potential of connectivity, rural development, development of the private sector and other issues.
Deb stressed on development of villages and panchayats to ensure all-round progress and said panchayat secretaries should be empowered to resolve local issues of law and order, domestic problems and the like.
“Ask panchayat secretary to bring a list of achievements in sanitation, PMAY, PMGSY, PMUY, Saubhagya Yojana and other issues. The country can’t be developed unless villages are developed,” Deb told officials from different departments of the state government who joined the camp Friday.
He also said that panchayat secretaries should be made digitally empowered by giving them laptops and computers and required training.
“All updated panchayat data should be there in the computers. National highways, state highways, roads built by rural development department, PMGSY and other roads all go through panchayats,” the chief minister said and asked Chief Secretary LK Gupta to prepare a separate resolution empowering panchayat secretaries to initiate repair works for roads.
Chief Secretary Gupta placed a roadmap for development of Tripura for discussion ahead of placing it before Niti Ayog.
On the proposal, Chief Minister Deb said, “I can speak of many things about the state without reading. This is because I have been trying to understand Tripura for the last eight months and from even before that. I can say from my experience gained in the last eight months that Tripura can’t wake up unless the panchayats do.”