MGNREGA workers in Sepahijala district of Tripura Credit: Twitter Image

Agartala: A day after the Tripura government claimed that the rural economy had no impact of the novel coronavirus, the opposition CPIM on Friday demanded financial assistance for the needy sufferers of the pandemic.

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Addressing a press conference at CPIM state headquarters, party secretary Goutam Das accompanied by senior leader Naresh Jamatia at the end of the one-day state committee meeting said that both the economic situation and the law and order situation are worsening across the state.

“The economic situation in the state is worsening as people in villages, hills and urban areas are suffering from acute shortage of work and food. On an average people have received 15- to 16 man-days, despite that the workers are not getting their full wages due to extortion by a group of leaders backed by the ruling party,” Das said.

He also said that during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in Tripura before assembly elections, he had assured that the MGNREGA man-days would be increased from 100 days to 200 days and wages of Rs 340.

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“The government has not fulfilled their demands and only 15 to 16 man-days are given to the workers across the state. Moreover, leaders of the ruling party are snatching the hard-earned money of poor people from MGNREGA scheme in different sub-divisions of the state”, he added.

The CPIM state secretary alleged that the situation is so bad that people are forced to take loans from micro-financing companies.

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“The government has no control over these companies. Even, the man-days under TUEP have also been reduced. The AMC authority had requested the Urban Development department for work before Durga puja, but did not receive any positive response”, Das said.

The CPIM leader demanded MGNREGA man-days to be increased from 100 to 200 days, increase in TUEP work, line department works to support the needy. He also demanded free rations and financial assistance of Rs 7,500 per family for next six months.

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