Agartala: Barely a week after the Tripura government announced its decision to promote government employees on an ad hoc basis, the leaders of Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, the indigenous wing of CPI-M, have demanded the scrapping of the policy.

Speaking with reporters, party president and former MP Jitendra Chaudhury condemned the decision of the Tripura government and termed it ‘unconstitutional’.

“A case in this regard is pending with the Supreme Court and the state government has taken the decision. On what basis the decision was taken by the cabinet is not clear to us. This is totally unconstitutional. The government should immediately scrap the decision,” Chaudhury said.

Speaking further, the former MP also lashed out at the government and alleged that it was looting public money in the name of COVID-19 relief distribution.

Demanding a high-level investigation into the COVID-19 relief distribution, the former MP asked the government to stop it immediately.

“In the name of distributing food packages they are looting the money. Many people have still not received any assistance. In the name of COVID-19, the government is taking a commission for its personal benefits”, he said.

Meanwhile, the general secretary of the party, Radhacharan Debbarma, also alleged that the law and order situation in the state has totally collapsed.

“The situation of the state is grim. Attacks on opposition party workers are increasing each day. Both the police and administration are not taking any steps”, he said.

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The leader also demanded that the government should provide relief to every needy family across the state. “The government should give more MNREGA works, 10 Kg of rice per person, Rs 5000 to each jhumia family,” he added.

Earlier, law minister Ratan Lal Nath had said that employees will be promoted temporarily until the Supreme Court verdict is announced. However, employees will get all the one-time financial benefits.

According to him, government employees will be promoted on an ad hoc basis in compliance with the new policy. However, the promotion will be for one-time and even if the same employee is entitled, they will not get the benefit of multiple promotions.

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