Centre is cheating Tripura, alleges its CM

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Sunday alleged that the Left-ruled Tripura was cheated by the Planning Commission by way of incorporating NEC and NLCPR fund into the State’s annual outlay for 2013-14 financial year.
After a long parley, the Planning Commission had finalised the State’s annual outlay at Rs 2,500 crore for the current fiscal but the allocation included the outlay of NLCPR and NEC, he said while addressing the biennial conference of Tripura Civil Service Officers’ Association (TSCOA) at Sahid Bhagat Singh Awas here.

“Merging NLCPR and NEC fund to the State’s outlay was a clever attempt of the planning body to deprive the State because these are handled by the DoNER, not Planning Commission”, he said.

This is a serious allegation which has come from a elected CM of a North Eastern State, Tripura. Preiously, this kind of allegation came from either insurgent groups or other agitating groups ( both violent and non-violent).

Sarkar said the Congress had promised to ensure food security to all sections of people in the last election manifesto. “Four years after assuming power, the Congress-led UPA Government has pushed its promise and that too in a fractured way. This attempt is nothing but a deviation from its earlier stand”, he said.

The scheme proposes 75 per cent rural and 50 per cent of urban population will be covered with the much-hyped food security scheme. “That means a sizable number of people will be deprived of receiving foodstuff through PDS”, he said.

Besides criticising the Centre on various issues, Sarkar also put forward his government’s agenda to make Tripura a prosperous State before the civic service officers. “We want to make Tripura a front runner State in the country by way of extending people-friendly services to the citizens”, he said.

Source: Assam Tribune

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