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Statewide Hunger, 11 deaths but Tripura CM says again ! ‘Due to online systems, CPI-M Commission-grabbers are not getting works and food’
TIWN Dec 2, 2018
Statewide Hunger, 11 deaths but Tripura CM says again ! ‘Due to online systems, CPI-M Commission-grabbers are not getting works and food’
PHOTO : CM Biplab Deb addressing in KLS Auditorium, Other pics; Brus miserable lives in Kanchanpur, hunger, starvations. TIWN Photos.

AGARTALA, Dec 2 (TIWN): After Janata Durbar on Saturday, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab on Sunday while addressing in Annual Conference of All Tripura Government Doctor's Association at KLS Auditorium, AGMC & GBP Hospital again said that there is no hunger in the state but those Communists who were enjoying Commissions earlier are now without work and food. CM Biplab Deb said, only the people who were engaged in Commission-consuming in last 25 years (CPI-M regime) don’t have food and works, because Govt has stopped all such illegal means of incomes and everything is online now. The allegations raised by opposition and reports of hungers in media, he said are all exaggerated as the CPI-M didn’t leave anything for the BJP Govt. He denied for accepting fact in such reports and hinted all such reports are created to malign the Govt’s image by the opposition people.

At least 11 deaths have been reported in one month related to food and poverty, as after 6 Brus died in starvation in the Kanchanpur, couple committed suicide after poisoning own children, now one businessman committed suicide inside his shop on Monday.

When state  was promised by a big-size Vision Document it was never imagined that the Vision Document is not related to Central Funding leading uncontrolled tax imposition on the common men. So far fuel, electricity, trade license, municipality, health services, pensions, water-taxes are subjected to be taxes in addition of slowdown of markets and Govt’s inability to provide rural mandays.

How Central Govt Projects are now dependent on State’s common men's taxes : Referring tax collection rows, Tripura CM BIplab Deb on October 10 said, Atal Jal Yojna was succeeded by collected taxes from public and his Govt has no intention just to collect taxes by not benefiting the public in return. He announced 30,000 people have got connections by Atal Jal Yojna. But Atal Jal Yojna is a central Govt scheme, a must subject to central funding.

Most cruel decision of taxing hospital service by imposing Aayushman project on a little section of people : Amid propagandas on Ayushman Bharat like projects, the scrapping of Free Medical Services have turned heavy on the poor and middle class people. Public have demanded reinstallation of the service immediately like before. Most of the people have no interest for Ayushman Bharat insurance like issues, rather sought 100% free medical services. Revenue collection in exchange of “saving life” has caused pathos across Government hospitals but the BJP led State Govt has turned a deaf ear. Since the BJP led State Government had drafted provisional revised tariffs of 14 hospital services and 286 bio-chemistry, pathological, radiological, digital and clinical tests, it is causing massive criticism. 18 month’s old BJP Govt's multiple anti-people decisions by immature, arrogant politicians are affecting the whole BJP party here, kicked off a fresh infighting among the BJP members themselves.

The latest Water Tax : Water-Tax which was Rs. 30 till 2017 under the Left Govt was increased at Rs. 40 last year and this year it has jumped at Rs. 200.

Tariff hike on Power : Power Dept which has decided to hike electricity tariffs at 7.5% which will be used to kick of further developmental works, easily signaling how so far no funding is happening under the Modi Govt for state Tripura unlike the UPA era which helped each state via negotiation in Planning Commission.

Taxing the Fuel :  Tripura cabinet on July 26, 2018 had decided first ever to bring ordinance to hike 2 % cess on Petrol, Diesel, Natural Gas.

Promising to develop the economy and betterment of every citizens of the state, which will reduce the transport cost and also save time Govt has decided to lavy 2 % cess on fuel. It was said that revenue will develop roadmaps, but although taxes were taken but nowhere development is seen. In this regard, a Congress leader said, Tripura Govt is unnecessarily imposing 24% tax whereas Central Govt imposed another 19% tax. If taxes of 12% by State Govt and 10% by Central Govt are being cut then the price will be downed at 60. In total now the fuel tax in Tripura is 43%.

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