New Delhi, April 29: Days after courting controversy with series of statements, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has now suggested the educated youth of the state to not run behind politicians for government jobs, rather become self-employed. “The youth here runs after political parties for several years to get a govt job and wastes the vital time of their life, had the same youth instead of running after parties set up a paan shop he would have by now had a bank balance of Rs 5 lakhs,” said Deb.

The minister was  addressing a seminar organised by Tripura Veterinary Council on ‘The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security, and safety’, on the eve of World Veterinary Day, at Pragna Bhavan in Agartala.

According to Deb, any unemployed youth with a minimum amount of Rs 75 thousand borrowed from the bank and with little self-effort, can easily earn at least Rs 25,000 every month, but the hurdle in this is the culture that has grown in Tripura during the last 25 years.

He said that there are narrow-minded concepts like a graduate cannot opt for farming, start poultry, or piggery because if he does so, his class will go down. Deb added that the Narendra Modi government at the centre has provided various bank loans provisions for the startup projects under the Mudra scheme, so that people can get self-employed and live with prestige.

However, due to the mindset, the educated youths do not opt to join the various traditional sectors in agriculture and allied sectors, which are also equally important for sustainable development to improve livelihoods and food security of the nation.

Earlier on Saturday,  Biplab Deb had stoked a fresh controversy by saying that civil engineers are better suited for civil services than mechanical engineers. “After pursuing mechanical engineering one should not go for civil services. Instead, civil engineers should join civil services as they have the knowledge and experience to help build administration and society,” Deb had said.

On April 27, the Tripura CM had raised question on the rationale behind crowning Diana Hayden ‘Miss World’ 21 years ago. He had also claimed that the international beauty pageants were a farce and the results were all predetermined.

“Whoever contested the international beauty pageants won. For five consecutive years, we won the Miss World/Miss Universe awards. Diana Hayden won it too. Do you think she should have won the title?” Deb had said adding,”Indian beauty should ideally look like Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati. Diana Hayden did not deserve to win the Miss World crown. Actually, it was part of a fixed plan, which was hatched keeping in mind the interests of the international market. Aishwarya Rai’s victory was well deserved as she represents the quintessential Indian woman.”

Earlier this month, Deb, an arts graduate, had claimed that Internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata, which had drawn criticism from Twitterati, intellectuals and his political adversaries. Watch this space for further updates.