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AGARTALA | May 5, 2018

With the state government struggling to manage funds for implementing 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) awards, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday met union finance minister Arun Jaitley at New Delhi and sought special package.

The Chief Minister met finance minister Jaitley and sought additional financial assistance to meet fiscal requirement to introduce 7th pay commission benefits for employees and pensioners, an official statement from the Chief Minister’s secretariat said this evening.

“Chief Minister Deb requested financial assistance from the centre for “various urgent issues” which include implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission and pre-devolution gap of 14th Finance Commission”, the statement reads.

Earlier in March, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarma said that the state government was reeling under a gross liability of Rs. 11,355.53 crore. The dues caused the state exchequer to bear the brunt of 7.2 percent interest annually, he claimed.

The statement added that union finance minister assured Biplab Deb to provide maximum possible financial assistance to the state.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Deb discussed internal security and border management with neighbouring Bangladesh in a separate meeting with union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Tripura shares 856 Km long international border with Bangladesh and patches of the border are still unfenced.

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