Agartala: The Left Front, headed by CPI-M on Tuesday, took to the streets of Agartala protesting against the sudden hike of essential commodities, rising unemployment and the price hike of the health service tax in the state.
Speaking at a public rally, CPI-M state secretary Gautam Das said that the state is facing an acute shortage of work and employment opportunities for the youths.
“Due to the downfall of the economy the people are losing their jobs and the lives of the working-class people have been affected largely across the state. The wages of the MGNREGA workers are yet to be cleared, following which the people have even locked the panchayat office in many places of the state,” Das said.
He also said that due to the non-payment of MGNREGA wages, the workers could not even celebrate the Durga Puja festival in many places.
“During the recent Durga Puja, a number of panchayat offices in the state were locked down by the angry villagers for not receiving any wages ahead of Durga Puja. Never in the past, had we seen such a situation in the state. The world bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reports have clearly stated that the economy of India has collapsed,” he added.
He also blamed the BJP-IPFT government of Tripura for not generating fresh employment in the state.
The BJP government is trying to privatise all the sectors and whenever somebody has opposed the move has either sacked or removed from his office.
He also claimed that the workers are now organizing movements across the country because they are not getting any payment and started losing their jobs.
“The BJP-IPFT prior to the elections had promises the people to provide many facilities after which they were voted to power, but soon after coming in power they have started avoiding their promises. The health service tax was imposed over the poor people of the state making it impossible for the people to get treated in the government hospital,”: Das asserted.
The supporter and workers of CPI (M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Forward Block, and Communist Party of India-Liberation (CPI-ML) jointly called the movement on Tuesday evening, which was joined by people in large numbers in Agartala.