Agartala : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hit out at Tripura’s erstwhile Left
Front government for being unable to stop “corruption” and carry out development while praising
the present Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s performance and his suggestions for changes in
the central government’s housing scheme that has extended benefits to lakhs of people in India.
Addressing a public meeting at Swami Vivekananda Stadium here, Modi also complained that
the media was not giving coverage to the achievements of the government..
During his 24-minute speech, Modi thanked Deb, saying it was because of him that the central government brought changes in the criteria of Prime Minister Awas Yojana (PMAY) and modified
the definition of ‘Kutcha house’.
The Prime Minister said earlier houses of semi-permanent structures were considered as ‘Pucca house’ and as a result, a large number of poor people despite having mud houses didn’t get the
benefit of the scheme.
“Biplab Deb came to me with his argument to consider houses of semi-permanent structure as Kurcha houses. The central government reviewed his proposal and accepted it. Accordingly, the definition of kutcha and pucca houses has been changed and 1.80 lakh beneficiaries of Tripura
were sanctioned houses under PMAY in a year that also saw the benefits extended to lakhs of
people of the country,” Modi underlined.
He expressed his displeasure over the media and said, “The media friends are not always giving
due coverage to the good things done by the government. Double engine (Same party, in this case,
the BJP, leading the coalition governments both at the cenre and the state) growth means united
effort towards prosperity, of which Tripura is an example.”
Flaying the previous Left Front government in the state, the Prime Minister said, “The vehicle of corruption was not stopped and the development vehicle was put on break during their rule. After
the last election when the BJP led government came to power, I promised to present to you HIRA model – Highway, Internet way, Railway and Airways and the results started yielding now.”
Appreciating the implementation of the Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliance) initiative by the state government, Modi pointed out that homegrown pineapple, jackfruit, canted lemon, canted rice,
organic produce and bamboo products of Tripura have not only been dominating the national
markets but also are valued globally.
The market is expanding for bamboo bottles and other handicraft products of Tripura, he stated.
Through Kisan rail, Tripura is exporting organic vegetables and fruits across the country. Tripura
can also play an important role by providing an alternative to single-use plastic and a huge market is
being created in the country for those products, Prime Minister mentioned adding that work is
underway to develop Tripura as a gateway to the northeast.