AGARTALA: The Tripura government announced the introduction of pink toilets for women in the urban locales of the state. Chief Minister Manik Saha, while addressing the press in Agartala, said that the initiative is aimed at ensuring proper sanitation and security for the women of Tripura.
“With the installation of pink toilets, we are emphasising the significance of sanitation and safety for women in urban areas. Provision for this initiative has been allocated in the budget,” stated the Chief Minister.
Adding that this measure is in line with the BJP-IPFT government’s consistent focus on women’s welfare, Chief Minister Saha highlighted the proactive stance taken against any form of crime against women.
“Our swift response to incidents, be it domestic violence or any other crime, stands as a testament to our commitment. In addition, the city is under the surveillance of strategically placed CCTV cameras, and I personally ensure their effective operation,” Saha said, adding that there has been an exponential rise in the number of self-help groups (SHGs), leaping from just over 4,000 in 2018 to a commendable 50,000 in 2022.
Education is another sector where the government has stamped its progressive mindset, Saha added. As promised last year, Saha affirmed that education for girl students up to the college level has been made free. Furthermore, to ensure a more significant representation and involvement of women in the workforce, the state government has instituted a 33% reservation for women in government jobs. Also, 50% of the shops in government shopping complexes are now reserved for them, the Chief Minister informed.
Highlighting other areas of governance, Saha reiterated the state’s stringent stand against drug trafficking and infiltration, underscoring the zero-tolerance policy that the state administration has embraced.