President Murmu flags off first Kolkata-Agartala express train

13 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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President Droupadi Murmu and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Saha flagged off the Guwahati-Kolkata-Guwahati train from Agartala Railway Station to Agartala on Thursday.

Another expansion of the Agartala-Jiribam-Agartala Jan Shatabdi Express up to Khongsang in Manipur was also flagged off by President Murmu and CM Sahu.

Union Ministries of Electronics & Information Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and the Government of Assam will virtually inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for various projects like The Supercomputer facility Param Kamrupa, the facility for the design and development of high-power microwave components at IIT Guwahati, the Medical College and Hospital at Dhubri, and the Zonal Institutes of the National Institute of Virology.

The President is scheduled to attend cultural programmes and an evening civic reception that will be held at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati in her honour.

On Friday as well, the President will essentially inaugurate, launch, and lay the cornerstones for several projects of the Assam Government and the Union Ministries of Road Transport and Highways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, and Railways.

These will include the opening of model Anganwadi Centers with contemporary amenities, Mission Saubhagya, the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.’s Rail-Fed Petroleum Storage Depot at Moinarbond, Silchar, two highway projects, the laying of the cornerstones for 100 replica secondary schools in Assam’s tea-growing regions, two highway projects, and a contemporary cargo-cum-coaching terminal at Agthori in Guwahati.

Later, she will board a train from Guwahati to Lumding and travel to Shokhuvi (Nagaland) and Mandipathar (Meghalaya).
Notably, President Murmu interacted with female tea workers at the Durgabari Tea Estate in Agartala on the first day of her visit to the Northeast and noted that they are a representation of the state’s socioeconomic diversity.
She emphasised the importance of their children’s education, especially for girls.

When President Murmu arrived in Agartala, the Tripura Police presented her with an all-female Guard of Honor as a unique tribute to her. She also lay the cornerstone for the National Law University, Tripura.

She stated that she sees “immense potential” in the Northeast, citing the fact that India has grown to be the fifth-largest economy in the world, and she expressed confidence in the locals by saying that the North Eastern Region will play a significant role in making India a five trillion dollar economy by 2025, according to a release from the President’s Secretariat.

The President claimed that Indian youngsters have created a distinctive identity in the sphere of information technology worldwide. She was sure that the Indian Institute of Information Technology’s permanent campus in Agartala will establish new standards for information technology.

Speaking at the ceremony, the president stated that a comprehensive educational system is crucial for the advancement of our children as well as the growth of the country. We should place more focus on primary education in addition to higher education.

She was pleased to learn about the launch of “Vidya-Jyoti Mission 100” by the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region in collaboration with the State Government of Tripura, which will see 100 existing higher secondary schools transformed into high-quality educational institutions with cutting-edge amenities.