AGARTALA, Feb 22 - The new government in Tripura has adopted a new approach to re-define the Centre-State relations to reap the rich harvest of cooperative federalism, said Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki.
While delivering his customary speech marking commencement of Budget session in the State Assembly, the Governor on Friday said obstructive opportunism has now made way for cooperative federalism in the best interest of Tripura and this approach has resulted in successful implementation of various welfare schemes, he said.
The Governor said people of the State had given a strong mandate of ‘change’ and ‘reforms’ for their overall well being and the new government has been working sincerely to fulfill the aspirations of the people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given the concept of improved connectivity in the form of HIRA - Highways, I-ways, Railways and Airways to make the North East one of the developed region. “Under Modi, the Central Government has taken a historic decision to ensure Waterways connectivity with Bangladesh. This move will boost trade, commerce and industries”, he said.
Singh said waterway connectivity between Sonamura and Daudkandhi and extension of rail-link will further facilitate transportation of goods and passengers. “Construction of Maitri Setu over river Feni and its connectivity with Chittagong and Mongla port in Bangladesh will make Tripura a logistic hub in the entire NE”, he hoped.
In his hour-long speech, the Governor also highlighted the State Government’s successes during the past one year. “The 7th CPC was given to the government employees while paddy procurement has been done by the FCI. The State has got JICA phase II project amounting to Rs 1,000 crore and formation of Modality Committee for socio-economic development of indigenous people”, he pointed out.
He also said that the State Government was trying hard to neutralise the drug menace. He also appreciated the State Government’s initiative in providing power connectivity to 1,36,320 households at a cost of Rs 800 crores.
The Governor concluded his speech with the hope that the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikash’ will always remain the guiding principle for his government. Earlier, the Governor paid homage to the slain CRPF and army jawans and officers massacred by terrorists in Kashmir.