Tripura govt announces social infrastructure development programme

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Agartala, Oct 18 (UNI) Tripura government has announced a social infrastructure development programme for the upliftment of the minority community in the state, including improvement of road connectivity, safe drinking water, land allotment for graveyard, extension of power supply and appointment of teachers in Madarsas.

Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told reporter here today that the state government had decided to implement the programme considering the recommendations of Sachar Committee especially on education, economy and employment opportunities, access to bank credit, access to social and physical infrastructure and government programmes and general employment and recruitment procedures.

Mr Sarkar said the state government had identified 42 Muslim dominated pockets in Tripura and the project would be implemented for social upliftment of the minority population.

As part of the programme, the state government would engage 89 Madarsa teachers at the rate of Rs 2150 per month in same number of modern Madarsas in the state to facilitate better educational support to the minority community, which was set up by NDA government with one teacher.

''Besides, poor road connectivity and inadequate drinking water sources, almost 22 per cent Muslim populated areas are still not yet provided with domestic power supply due to logistic difficulties and the cabinet decided to ensure power supply, safe drinking water and road connectivity'', Mr Sarkar stated.

He also said that Sachar Report on Social, Economic and Educational Status of the Muslim Community in India had produced a compendium of information for planning, formulating and implementing specific interventions, policies and programmes to address issues relating to the backwardness of the communities and Tripura would be the first state in India, which considered the report.

Meanwhile, reacting to the government's decision Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee President and former Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Burman criticised the left front government in the state and said the announcement was nothing but an eye-wash before the election.

Mr Burman alleged that the extent of educational deprivation experienced by the Muslim community in Tripura during left regime was rare and it increases many-folds recently even after several steps had taken by the central government for upliftment of the minority communities.

''In Tripura about 25 per cent of Muslim children in the 6-14 year age group have either never attended school or have dropped out and at the level of higher education, less than 4 percent Muslims are graduates or diploma holders as against the national average of 7 per cent while only one out of 20 Muslim students awarded post graduation degree,'' Mr Burman pointed out.

UNI

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