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Tripura wants to bring in essentials through Bangladesh port

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AGARTALLA : The Tripura government asked the centre to ensure transportation of essential items through Bangladesh, following the snapping of the state’s surface transport link with the rest of India due to the monsoon.
Heavy monsoon rains over the past few weeks have severely damaged roads and railways in Meghalaya and Assam, causing uncertainty over the resumption of Tripura’s surface transport link with other parts of the country.

In the letter, Chief Minister Shri Manik Saha requested Union Food and Consumer Affair Minister Shri Piyush Goyal to issue a directive to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for initiating the induction of foodgrains into Tripura through Ashuganj river port of Bangladesh.

Series of landslides due to torrential rain for the last few weeks in north Cachar Hill and southern hills of Meghalaya, rail and road connectivity with Tripura, south Assam, Mizoram and parts of Manipur have been cut off from the rest of the country, which affected the induction of goods, including supply of public distribution system.

“The entire PDS foodgrains requirement is met through the rail network. But due to disruption in the Lumding-Badarpur railway section as well as road links, the availability of PDS foodgrains in the state has been severely affected,” the letter read.

It said as on June 17, about 6,100 MT issuable PDS rice was available with the FCI in the state, whereas the state’s monthly requirement under the regular PDS scheme and Pradhan Mantri and Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana is about 32,000 MT. With the present available stock, the state’s demand can be catered only for five days, which appears to be a matter of serious concern.

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