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Agartala/Guwahati April 22, 2017: Three districts in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram got awards for the execution of the central government’s flagship schemes in agriculture and the power sector, officials said on Saturday.

According to an official from the Tripura government’s agriculture department, Gomati district in southern Tripura got the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) award for its success in crop insurance.

The scheme was launched in January 2016 to reduce the recurrence of agricultural distress and resolve farmers’ problems in times of difficulty.

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The official said that Siaha district of southern Mizoram got the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) award for its performance in irrigation.

The PMKSY was launched in July 2015 for a period of five years (2015-16 to 2019-20) to enhance the government’s investment in irrigation, expand cultivable area under assured irrigation (har khet ko pani), improve on-farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water and adoption of water saving technologies.

Rs 50,000 crore have been allocated for the flagship scheme over a period of five years.

An official in Guwahati said Sivasagar district of eastern Assam got the award in implementing Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY).

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the DDUGJY in July 2015 in Patna as one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Power to facilitate 24×7 supply of power in rural areas and meet the requirement of electricity for agricultural purposes.

According to the officials, the three districts got the awards in the North-East and Hill states category.

Each award-winning district was given a trophy, a citation and Rs 10 lakh cash at a function by the Prime Minister in New Delhi on Friday. (IANS)

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Security along Tripura’s inter-state borders with Assam and Mizoram and international boundaries with Bangladesh has been tightened in view of publication of a part draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and ensuing assembly polls, officials said here on Monday.

“We have deployed additional security forces along Tripura’s inter-state borders with Assam and Mizoram. Border Security Force (BSF) also further strengthened their vigil along the India-Bangladesh borders with Tripura,” a top police officer said.

He said that to thwart any adverse eventuality, all the borders were guarded round-the-clock specially in the odd hours after the publication of part draft NRC in Assam on Sunday mid-night.

“The Election Commission also earlier asked the BSF and the state government to seal the international and inter-state borders in view of the ensuing assembly elections in February,” the officer said, refusing to be named.

According to the officer, surveillance in Tripura’s two check posts along southern Assam was also enhanced through various means.

He said that the Union Home Ministry also asked all the Northeastern states and airport authorities in the region to intensify the security in view of Republic Day celebrations.

Tripura has 856 km international borders with Bangladesh and 109 km and 53 km inter-state borders with Mizoram and and Assam, respectively.

Except for some 20 km, most of the 856-km long borders with Bangladesh are fenced.

According to an official of the state’s Elections Department, the Election Commission would likely announce the assembly polls in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland next week and the elections in these states were likely to be held in third week of February.

Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland all have 60-seat assemblies. (IANS)