BY TC News Desk
Agartala: July 09. Claiming that the budget of the state for 2023-24 Financial Years is too low for overall development, the Leader of Opposition and Tipra Motha MLA, Animesh Debbarma slammed the ruling BJP government for neglecting Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) by allocating 2.07% fund from the state budget.
Addressing a press conference, Debbarma emphasized the need for a higher capital budget for the 2023-24 Financial Years in order to support the development of essential infrastructure such as hospitals and schools. He expressed disappointment over the inadequate allocation of funds for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).
Debbarma stated, “TTAADC is responsible for local governance, and for the past two years, we have been highlighting the financial deprivation faced by the TTAADC. Approximately 35% of the population resides in the TTAADC, and accordingly, around 35% of funds should be allocated to support its development. However, this year the state government has only allocated Rs 672 crores, which amounts to a mere 2.7% of the total budget of Rs 27,654.4 crores.”
He further mentioned that the state government officials have been questioning the lack of progress in the TTAADC and accusing the district council administration of widespread corruption.
Animesh countered these claims by saying, “Without sufficient funds, how can corruption take place? Out of the Rs 672 crores budget, Rs 580 crores will be allocated for salaries and pensions, leaving a meager Rs 92 crores for development. We have 25 departments, and even if we allocate Rs 1 crore to each department, that amounts to only Rs 25 crores. Moreover, we have to maintain 1183 km of roads, for which the government has allocated a mere Rs 5 crore under the Public Works Department (PWD). How are we supposed to accomplish this?”