AGARTALA, May 30 - Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Dr Rajeev Kumar has assured of recommending a grant of assistance to the fund-starved Tripura for the pre-devolution gap amounting to Rs 2,400 crore.
The assurance came when Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb raised the issue of State’s financial constraint due to insufficient recommendations of XIV Finance Commission, especially for the pre-devolution gap at a meeting in Delhi.
“Dr Kumar appreciated the position of the State Government and agreed to recommend a grant of Rs 2,400 crore to remove pre-devolution gap created by XIV Finance Commission”, according to an official press release issued on Wednesday.
The NITI Aayog Vice President said the recommendation would go to the Ministry of Finance and assured that fund requirement projections under items like SSA, enhancement of Social Pension Schemes, etc., would be recommended by NITI Aayog.
In the meeting, the Chief Minister reminded that to realise the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to develop Tripura as a model State, it requires a proper action plan for development, with sectorial focus and clear time lines, be drawn up to assist the State in achieving this objective.
Dr Kumar suggested that pineapple and bamboo can be important factor in promoting growth in the State particularly in the agro-horticulture sector. He suggested that he would try to get some international marketing expert in pineapple who could arrange for proper linkages for exports.
He also opined that Tripura may benefit from having a paper plant in the State based on its plentiful bamboo resources. He asked his officers to locate private manufacturers who could be encouraged to set up a paper plant in the State.
In the meeting, the issue of Feni bridge and road connectivity to Bangladesh also came up for discussion.