21 - 02 - 2019

More 1.90 lakh LPG connection by March

Agartala, Jan 2,2019: Pradhan Mantri  Ujjwala Yojana ( PMUY)  scheme has resulted  in mass coverage of rural poor households and have led to improved   LPG coverage in the state, said  Jayantanuj Santra senior manager of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, ( IOCL), Tripura.

Addressing a press meet here in IOCL office, Santra said  the state has covered 6.46 lakh households with LPG as cooking fuel and LPG coverage  stands  at 68.6 percent  as against earlier coverage of 45.1 percent as on 2016. The scheme  achieved success in  state due full cooperation of  state government and by March this year more 1.90 lakh LPG connection will be given.        

He said recently in order  for giving PMUY universal  reach  of clean cooking  fuel  LPG in the country  the cabinet committee on economic affairs  ( CCEA) chaired  by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given  a latest decision to release deposit free LPG  connection  to poor families who were not getting  considered  earlier  for release of LPG connections under PMUY on account of their names not appearing either in SECC list  or the seven identified categories – SC/STs households, beneficiaries of PMAY ( Gramin), Antyodaya Anna Yojana, forest dwellers , most backward classed, tea & ex – tea garden tribes, people residing in islands / river islands.

Now the poor household    who were deprived to avail the scheme benefits for want of not appearing  in SECC list  or not able to certify their eligibility in the seven  categories can avail the scheme benefits by submitting the KYC along with Aadhar and bank  account details of applicant, aadhaar details of adult family members , ration card  and 14 point exclusion criteria declaration as per SECC, said the official.      

 Speaking about the status of LPG in state, the IOCL official said  there are 54 LPG distributors in the state and there is no backlog. The situation will further improve after the  LPG bottling  plant at Bodhjungnagar   starts functioning at end of this year, fifty percent  work of the plant is complete.   


Taking e-services to rural population: CM

Agartala, Jan 2,2019: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb  in review meeting of IT department said  by beginning of this year ‘e – dak’  application will used in all government offices and steps are taken in this regard. Addressing the review meeting in secretariat conference hall Deb after the introduction of the new app any kind of circular, notification, memorandum etc can be delivered in offices quickly. By this wastage of time can be stopped and it will bring speed in government works by which  public will be benefitted.  

Chief minister told the concerned officials attention should be paid so that the rural population reaps the maximum benefit by the new computer application. He directed the Common Service Centre (CSC) to take  necessary steps  by creating awareness among people by miking, distributing leaflets.

Principal secretary to chief minister Kumar Alok speaking in the review meeting said the concerned officials to take IT department in common platform when comes to Geographical Information System ( GIS).if GIS system brought under common platform  than agriculture, forest , science & technology can utilize the system.           

 Speaking about CSC, director of IT department said at present there are 1195 CSC in 582 village panchayats and 84 CSC in village committees.  He informed by CSC banking service , insurance , education altogether 84 services are provided more 19 new services will be included.                          

E – Rickshaws gets breather for three months

Agartala,Jan 1,2018:A sigh of relief for  e -rickshaws better  known as ‘Tom Tom’ plying in city of Agartala. As traffic and transport department did not conducted any raid against them on Tuesday. It was notified by government that without registration no battery charged rickshaws can ply in ten routes of the city from January 1st.                 

After issue of notification drivers of e – rickshaws was worried about their future. If they cannot ply in the ten routes mentioned it will be huge loss for them.

Sources in transport department  said on Monday the state government has extended the registration time limit for  three months. After this the department will not take any action against e – rickshaws.  

However after three months the department will take action against those who will not get registration done, the sources added.  Tripura e-Rickshaw Srameek Sangha also criticized  state transport  department expressed anguish against the notification that bars plying e-Rickshaws without documents ..




Octogenarian beaten to death on suspicion of witchcraft, 3 held

Teliamura, Dec 30,2018:A  80-year-old man was beaten to death in  Kumrai Para under Mungiakami police station  allegedly by  villagers  who suspected him of practising ‘black magic’, the police said on Sunday.

Three persons  were arrested for killing   Lakhanjoy Reang , officer in charge of Mungiakami police station Surasen Tripura  said.

As per the statement of the deceased’s son, Hanshaman Reang  suspect      that  his wife died  due to   practise of  some witchcraft  after  suffering from an illness for a long time, the OC said.

On  December 26,  a kangaroo court  was held where the  deceased was also present. There the elderly man was accused of practicing black magic on Hanshaman Reang’s wife.  Then they started  thrashing him with sticks, police   said.

Soon after the incident, the victim’s son rushed him to  Kulai hospital. After battling with life for three days  the vicitim died yesterday.

The victim’s son filed an FIR in Mungiakami police station against six person. Police arrested three person that include -  Hanshaman Reang, Indrakumar Malsom,  Brajagopal Reang.          

A case under section 302 (murder) /34 IPC  has been registered.


Sushil Kumar to go on central deputation

Dec 30,2018: The state government has given permission to Sushil Kumar , additional chief secretary to go on central deputation. Kumar 1984batch IAS is joining as additional secretary in Union Ministry of Agriculture sources in secretariat said.

Another senior IAS officer of same batch Dr.GSG Ayyangar, additional chief secretary is transferred to Tripura Bhawan, New Delhi as chief resident commissioner.

The source informed crisis likely to be created in administration after two senior IAS officers leaves the state. Few couples’s ofIAS officers had also applied for central deputation.

Meanwhile state government has written to central government for sending some IAS who are on deputation in centre and other states. Names figure in the list are Ashutosh Jindal,,Kiran Gitte, Brijesh Pandey, Abhishek Singh and Tanushree Debbarma whom the government wants them to return back to state cadre.

Four BJP leaders suspended in Unakoti

Agartala, Dec 29,2018: The state unit of BJP has suspended four leaders in Unakoti district for alleged anti-party activities. The suspended leaders are Gyandeep  Chakma president and Subham Chakma  secretary  Janajati Morcha of Unakoti district, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha ( BJYM) vice – president  Niranjan Namo and  Unakoti district committee  member Nirmal Namo. The suspension order was issued by state president Biplab Kumar Deb today.

A press statement issued by the party stated that all suspended leaders have been warned several times for anti party activities and told to follow the party guidelines. But they did not pay any heed to the party warning. Under this circumstance party decided to suspend all four from  party post and membership for six years.

State BJP in charge Sunil Deodhar, Unakoti district in charge  Yadav Lal Nath and  Unakoti district president  Bhagwan Das was also informed about suspension of four leaders from party