The opposition CPI (M) in Tripura has accused the ruling BJP-IPFT coalition government of violating poll promises made before the last assembly election.
The party said that the breach of commitment of the coalition has come to light from the recent hike in MGNREGA daily wage from Rs 177 to Rs 192, which they had committed to make Rs 340 a day. In a statement, the party claimed that the left front had raised repeated demands for hike in MGNREGA wage as well as increase in annual working days to 200 but the Centre had never fulfilled this.
Giving an account of the left front’s performance in executing MGNREGA schemes, the statement said that at one point of time Tripura had topped the country in implementation of MGNREGA work. “In 2014-2015, 87.96 man-days of work had been implemented in Tripura while in 2015-2016 a record 94.46 days of work, the highest in the country, had been implemented,” the party said.
It pointed out that even after the BJP-IPFT had come to work the central allocation for MGNREGA had come down to only Rs 442.54 crores in the 2018-2019 financial year while in the current financial year only Rs 150.14 crores came to the state till June 28.
The statement accused the local level leaders of BJP-IPFT of looting a share of the MGNREGA wages from the actual workers. “There has been a tremendous rise in rural distress , unemployment and other related problems as works given by all other departments like agriculture, rural development , horticulture etc have come to a total stop,” said the statement of the CPI (M).