Tripura govt announces financial aid of over Rs 500 crore for poor families
Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday announced a financial package of Rs 579 crore for poor families who are in need of assistance due to the COVID crisis.
The state government has also decided to generate jobs of Rs 332 crore under the MGNREGA to ensure the poor families can cope with difficulties during the pandemic.
The statement was made by the CM during his visit to Khumulwng where he laid the foundation stone for the proposed 150 LPM oxygen generation plant at Kherengbar Community Health Centre (CHC) in the area.
The chief minister mentioned that the Tripura government will spend Rs 70 crore to provide ration to around seven lakh families by distributing Rs 1000 through a direct bank transfer as financial assistance.
An additional amount of Rs 80 crore will also be spent as financial assistance to provide ration for the families in the future.
The state government has also decided to make an advance payment of social pension for two months, to around four lakh beneficiaries who depend on the scheme.
Deb added that Rs 24 crore was already sanctioned for the poor under the Tripura Urban Employment Programme (TUEP) works in the urban local bodies.
Earlier, the tribal council had made a demand of Rs 28 crore from Deb, who also holds the health portfolio, to upgrade the Kherengbar CHC in Khumulwng into a first referral unit (FRU) hospital.
Official sources informed that the government has sanctioned Rs 30 crore from the state budget, to provide better health services to the indigenous people. The CHC will now be upgraded to a 150-bed hospital.
Khumulwng is the headquarter of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
(Edited by Marvin Kharsohnoh)
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