AGARTALA, Sept 11 - Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said that the State has been losing Rs 1,500 crore/Rs2,000 crore in each fiscal year during the post Planning Commission era.
During the Planning Commission regime, like other States, Tripura too used to get around Rs 1,500 cr to Rs 2,000 cr every year under plan outlay. Now, the fund has been stopped after formation of NITI Aayog in place of the Planning Commission.
�State like Tripura is facing problem in NITI Aayog era as there has been no plan outlay leading to shortage of fund to carry forward development activities,� he said while speaking in a programme of Tripura Gramin Bank Officers� Union at Matangini Pritilata Hall on Sunday.
Prevailing condition in the country is not good, especially in the field of economy, he said. �Only one per cent population holds around 69 per cent of the country�s total wealth! Ten per cent population has also substantial amount of assets while poor remains poor,� he pointed out.
�Our officials went to Delhi and tried to make policy makers understand that special category States like Tripura will suffer if plan outlay is stopped. Nothing has happened yet,� he said.
The taste of independence has been increasingly becoming sour as common people are worst sufferers during the past two and half years, he said, adding that there was no plan to take the country forward.
�Most of the people are not aware about functioning of NITI Aayog. There is no welfare activity for the downtrodden people. A sense of uncertainty is cast all around�, he lamented.
Alleging that the Modi Government has been working for corporate houses, Sarkar said that unemployment problem is on the rise while the government is adamant on pushing for massive privatisation process.
�Now, the banking sector has suffered after the government mulled to amalgamate some banks with bigger banks. The attempt is aimed at handing over some nationalised banks to private parties,� he said.
�The Modi Government is now working hard to withdraw subsidy even as the country is a welfare nation. It is the onus of the Centre to meet need of the common people,� he said.
The Chief Minister urged the bank officials to raise voice against the privatisation process of the Modi Government. Member of Parliament Sankar Prasad Dutta also spoke on the occasion.