Agartala, Sep. 14 (IANS): As part of the week-long ‘Seva Saptah’ to mark Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has donated six months’ salary to keep 1,100 village markets in the state clean and garbage-free.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as part of its countrywide celebration of Seva Saptah (social service week), launched a variety of social service campaigns in Tripura on Saturday.
“I will donate my six months’ salary to set up eight to ten dustbins or garbage dumping containers in each of the 1,100 village markets in Tripura. It would make these markets and surrounding villages clean and hygienic,” said Deb, who is also the president of the BJP state unit.
He said: “On the occasion of Modi’s birthday celebration the Seva Saptah will see a cleanliness campaign, voluntary blood donation, plastic free Tripura, supply of pure drinking water and nutrition drive for children and women.”
The chief minister wrote on social media calling for everyone to join the Seva Saptah to carry out the various welfare activities.
He said that India’s first model village was established in Punsari village, 80 km from Gandhinagar in Gujarat during the chief ministership of Narendra Modi. “Every village in Tripura would be made like Punsari village,” he claimed and asked all the elected leaders of the three-tier Gram Panchayats to make villages crime-free.
The chief minister also called upon the youth to take to sports in a big way. He said that the state has over 1,100 clubs which have been provided with various sports kits recently and they must engage themselves in sports to stay away from drugs.
“If anyone is found involved in drug smuggling, irrespective of his party affiliation and official position, toughest action would be taken against them,” said Deb, who also holds the home portfolio.