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Heap of food items marked Dasami across houses, but this year gloominess gripped in poor, lower middle class families due to pending wages, profit-droughts
TIWN Oct 8, 2019
Heap of food items marked Dasami across houses, but this year gloominess gripped in poor, lower middle class families due to pending wages, profit-droughts
PHOTO : Left : MGNREGA workers protesting for pending wages, Right : People thronged to sweet shops on Dasami at Agartala. TIWN Pics Oct 8, 2019

AGARTALA, Oct 8 (TIWN): Assisted by economic crisis statewide, pending wages of poor although in rich and middle class families, this Dasami like every year has marked by “Bhuribhoj” and “celebrations” but for poor and lower middle class families this year Dasami is being celebrated within limited budget, said various reports in the state. Even uncountable families could not buy dresses for their children in the Durga puja, which is first ever experience at a large scale in the tiny state. Being a part of poverty gripped state, Tripura is always dependent upon the central funding but as central funding slashed due to national economic crisis, it has affected markets added by tax impositions and loss in the markets.When rich and upper middle class people are celebrating Durga puja with full enthusiasm but there are critical sites throughout the poor families in rural, semi-urban areas. Although the ruling BJP Government promised to hike MGNREGA wages at Rs. 340 before Assembly Election 2018 but after 18 months of the Govt, the situation turned ironical and on the eve of Durga puja instead of markets the workers were seen in protest before the block offices.

Statewide MGNREGA’s pending wages have been causing massive distresses, fueled clashes in the Panchayat office premises in few places. In the Tulashikar block on Sashthi day women locked a block office demanding pending wages and at Srinathpur Panchayat clashes have injured people during a protest over MGNREGA’s pending wages.

When pending MGNREGA wages have created massive anxieties throughout Tripura just ahead of Durga puja, notices reportedly received by many for social pensions’ slashes brining tears in eyes of poor.

A section of unpaid workers although received the wages but a major section yet left deprive whereas inequal wages payments were alleged too. This situation affected also the rural and urban economy, distressing the garment business.

Critical economic situations across markets in Tripura rural and urban bodies, aided by massive business losses at No-Customer, So-Sale like situations generating worries as if an Economic disaster is approaching towards.

To have accounts of the markets, recently TIWN surveyed various markets in capital city Agartala ahead of Durga puja but major areas of the Agartala city remained max-empty, less gathered. Vegetable markets which are on heated pans of high price tags, alleged by businessmen “Profit-Drought” situation.
Amid all these, Dasami celebrations are going on and people are affording their best to make their children and family happy amid tight economic situations.

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