Aguli 21 july 23: In a recent scathing attack on the BJP-led state government, Tripura Opposition leader Animesh Debbarma has brought to light several critical issues concerning the development of tribal communities in the region. Debbarma accuses the government of misleading the public about budgetary allocations and concealing information regarding funds distribution to the Tripura ADC and tribal communities.
The Tripura ADC, established in 1985, holds significant importance as it aims to ensure direct development in tribal areas where central and state governments have limited access. Debbarma emphasizes that funds intended for tribal welfare should be channeled to the tribal council for targeted development initiatives.
Shedding light on the budgetary allocations, Debbarma reveals that the allocated funds for the ADC are insufficient, with a mere 2.7 percent of the Rs. 27,654 crore budget being allotted to the council. This data, taken from the budget at a glance book, makes any contradiction by the power minister an attempt to confuse the public, according to Debbarma.
Moreover, the Resistance chief blames the state government for monetary misappropriation and inability to give usage declarations to the ancestral committee’s work.Citing the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report, he reveals that the government has pending utilization certificates amounting to Rs. 263.23 crore since 2020-21.
Demanding transparency and accountability, Debbarma calls for a comprehensive investigation into the state government’s actions related to tribal welfare since 2018. He urges the publication of a white paper to reveal the truth behind the alleged mismanagement of funds and resources.
Debbarma also questions the allocation of Rs. 1300 crores promised by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her previous visit for tribal development. He demands accountability for the utilization of those funds, suggesting that the state government’s commitment to uplifting tribals lacks substantial actions.
The Opposition leader accuses the BJP of hypocrisy in politics, criticizing their promises for tribal welfare while failing to allocate sufficient funds for their development. He highlights the ongoing communal violence in the state and condemns the government’s inaction, calling for immediate measures to address the situation.
Debbarma raises concerns about the data presented by the government, claiming that figures indicating 40 percent of the development fund shall be utilized for the tribal section were not officially tabled in the Assembly. He expresses apprehensions about the budget allocation for tribals, stating that a disproportionate allocation could lead to the deprivation of UR, OBC, and SC communities in Tripura.
In conclusion, the revelations made by Animesh Debbarma shed light on the pressing issues faced by tribal communities in Tripura. The call for transparency, accountability, and targeted development initiatives resonates with the need to ensure the welfare and progress of all sections of society in the state. As the situation unfolds, the eyes of the nation remain focused on the actions taken by the government to address these concerns and uplift the marginalized communities in Tripura.