MP Shankar Prasad Dutta focuses on deprivation of Tripura in central budget

By Our Correspondent

Agartala February 11,2019 : Participating in the general discussion on budget (2019-2020) the CPI (M) MP (West Tripura) Shankar Prasad Dutta today highlighted the deprivation of Tripura in the central budget tabled by acting finance minister Pijush Goel . He described the budget as 'poll targeted', asserting that the budget had been placed to mislead people through traditional tactics of 'Jumla'. Dutta said that the burning problem of the country now is unemployment but the budget has made no allocation of resources to address this problem. 'The pre-poll promise of BJP create jobs for two crores of people a year has turned out to be a hoax while the data presented by 'Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy' shows that last year 1.10 crores of people lost their jobs' said Shankar Prasad.

He pointed out that the assistance announced by the budget for farmers was only a pittance in the context of continuing agrarian distress all over the country. The budget has not taken into cognizance the demand for raising the minimum wage of workers to Rs 18 thousand per month. In regard to allocation for MGNREGA, Dutta said that considering the burden of Rs 5,170.00 crores in unpaid arrears , the actual allocation on this head has actually gone down. Shankar Prasad said that the previous left front government had given 90 days work on average every year but after the BJP led government came to power the average mandays have come down to 15-20. 

Demanding higher budgetary allocation for Tripura , Shankar Prasad said that the outlay of only Rs 500.00 crores for paying pension to 42 crores of unorganized workers was a deception , considering the fact that only Rs 750 crores had been allocated for cow protection. He also lashed out at the Centre's failure to provide any fund for pension and upgraded facilities for more than 1 crore of project workers , the majority of whom were 'Anganwadi' workers. He also came down on reduced allocation for northeastern states. 'The ADC in Tripura is not being given its due share of funds for development of tribals while fund allocation is non-existent for even repairing of national highway ; this is retarding development of Tripura ; the state of Tripura needs higher allocation of funds for development work' said Shankar Prasad.


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