TNT Desk | Agartala, March 10, 2018:
The new government headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today said after its first ever meeting of council of ministers that his government would rename Agartala Airport after Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur.
Maharaja Bir Bikram was the last reigning king of Tripura and is considered to be a great visionary leader who laid foundation of the state’s modern education and infrastructure. Reins of power moved on from Manikya monarchs to Union of India through a Merger Agreement that the then regent Maharani Kanchanprabha Devi signed on behalf of the princely state in 1949.
Addressing the media after a meeting of the newly formed council of ministers, who took oath of office and secrecy yesterday, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said a proposal would be placed before central government to rename Agartala Airport after Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya.
Royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya welcomed the decision and said it was a welcome move by the state government. Pradyot thanked Chief Minister Biplab Deb for fulfilling his personal commitment in renaming the airport after the late king and his grandfather.
“I believe that controversy should not have been there in the first place but created artificially by the communist in connivance with some leaders of opposition way back in 2008. And I am glad that the airport has been given due respect in the name of my grandfather because he actually a contributed a lot for the state of Tripura but the entire state government’s propaganda was to demonize him .. So I welcome the course correction by Biplab Deb,” said the head of the royal family and grandson of the late King.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also said that an expert committee was formed regarding 7th Pay Commission awards for state government employees.
BJP, among key issues promised before polls in its Vision Document, laid special stress on 7th Pay Commission awards for state govt employees. BJP national president Amit Shah said on several occasions that the very first meeting of state cabinet would announce 7th Central Pay Commission awards if BJP assumed power in poll results.
In keeping with promise, the new govt today said the expert committee was formed to look after formulating recommendations regarding 7th Central Pay Commission. However, he declined to comment any further on details saying election code of conduct was still in force in Tripura for polling at Charilam assembly seat on March 12.
The new government would also recommend CBI investigation into killings of two journalists – Santanu Bhowmik and Sudip Dutta Bhowmik, the Chief Minister informed. Santanu was hacked to death while covering IPFT protest at Mandai, 25 Km from here, on September 20 last year while senior crime reporter Sudip Dutta Bhowmik was shot dead inside a battalion headquarters of TSR at RK Nagar in West Tripura, on November 21.