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Tripura Guv addresses budget session

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, Feb 6 � Amidst chaotic scenes on the opening day of the Budget session, Tripura Governor PB Acharya on Friday read out his speech highlighting the Left Front Government�s achievements in various fields.

The Governor said the Gross State Domestic Production (GSDP) at current prices has gone up from Rs 19,973 crore in 2010-11 FY to Rs 22,997 crore in 2013-14 FY and the fiscal growth of the State has also picked up from 8,5 per cent to 8.9 per cent during the period.

�Even the per capita income has risen in Tripura from Rs 859 in 2010-11 FY to Rs 697.05 in 2013-14 FY�, he said. Asserting that the government plans to turn Tripura into the preferred destination for industrial and trade activities, Acharya said during the current year, an investment of over Rs 78 crore has been made in small and medium sector.

On MGNREGA, the Governor said the drastic reduction in allocation under the flagship programme has put the rural economy under severe strain. The Union RD Ministry has approved Rs 1407 crore for 2014-15 FY for the State but it has been informed by the Centre unilaterally that only Rs 652 crore would be made available for the job generation scheme.

However, opposition members were not happy with the Governor�s speech as he skipped the genuine problems of the State.

At one point of time, opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman and others rushed to the well protesting the Governor�s one-sided speech. Acharya did not pay heed to the protest by opposition members. However, at one point of time, the Governor left the House abruptly.

After the question hour, opposition leader Roy Barman tried to bring a motion on the corruption issue in the House but Speaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath turned down the plea. In protest against the Speaker�s move, the opposition members staged a walk out for the entire day.

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