Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is optimist that bamboo will play a vital role in doubling the State’s economy and urged the growers and traders to take full opportunity of the facilities extended by Japan- funded JAICA project and fully backed by Government of India.
Referring to his discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the last meeting of NITI Ayog, he said presently the State is having a eight thousand crore economy and the Prime Minister told him to make it a 16 thousand crore economy.
The Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said bamboo can play a very important role in achieving this target. He was addressing a workshop on production of bamboo and its commercial use. He said bamboo is being cultivated in over two lakh hectors of land in the State and there is enough scope to develop industry based on bamboo. He said the Central Government has recognized bamboo as grass and relieved it from complications of forest law.
Appreciating the JAICA project, he said the State has taken a programme under this project to plant trees along the rivers of the State. He told the people involved in the implementation of JAICA project to work in such a way so that the Japan government is also satisfied. Forest Minister Meber Kumar Jamatia and many other dignitaries were present.