Agartala, Jan 21, 2021, IANS/Enewstime Desk
Tripura celebrated the 49th Statehood Day across the State with pomp and éclat on Thursday. Several colourful programmes were organized to celebrate the Day in different parts of the State.
The main programme was held in Agartala, Inauguration of 50-day Sadbhabna Yatra across the country, distribution of civic awards for distinguished services and accomplishments and cultural programmes marked the Day.
Along with Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya also separately celebrated their 49th Statehood Day on Thursday through numerous colourful functions.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP President J.P. Nadda, and several Union ministers and Chief Ministers of the neighbouring northeastern states greeted the people of Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya on the occasion.
The erstwhile princely states of Tripura and Manipur were merged into the Indian Union in October 1949 and became full-fledged states on January 21, 1972. Meghalaya was part of Assam before becoming a full-fledged state on the same day.
All the three northeastern states became full-fledged states under the North Eastern Region (Re-Organisation) Act, 1971.
Addressing the main event, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that his government's main goal is to make the state self-reliant and ensure efficient and transparent governance.
It was for the third time that Deb addressed the main function on Statehood Day after becoming the Chief Minister on March 9, 2018 following the victory in the state elections of the BJP in alliance with the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), trouncing the CPI-M-led Left Front.
"The BJP-IPFT government's main mission is to deliver efficient and transparent governance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken special initiatives for the all-round development of the northeastern states," Deb added.
He said that Tripura is the first state among eight northeastern states to introduce an online process to operate the Public Distribution System (PDS).
"After the BJP-led government came to power, the per capita income of the people of the state has increased by 23 per. The government has also arranged housing for thousands of people belonging to different economic categories. Over Rs 10,720 crore is being spent for the development and expansion of the national highways in Tripura," the Chief Minister said.
He also said that with the digitisation of many government services, people have been benefited in numerous ways and transparency has been established in governance.