Tripura ex-CM Manik Sarkar advices Govt. to take expert opinion to bring financial discipline
By Our Correspondent, 24/03/2021, Agartala

Concerned of a huge revenue deficit in the recently presented state budget in the ongoing assembly session, the then chief minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar on Wednesday advised the BJP led coalition government to take experts’ opinion and bring financial discipline. Sarkar, the opposition leader, was addressing a press conference here at his chamber in the assembly today.

He said, “There is a serious problem in financial management, which would lead the state into a deep crisis unless it goes for course correction.” “In the last two years, the BJP-IPFT government had presented zero deficit budgets and due to the Covid pandemic revenue expenditure was minimal. Even then how the figure could indicate a dismal state?” Sarkar questioned.

Meanwhile Sarkar today told the media, “I feel there is a serious management irregularity in the state finance that immediately needs to be looked into by the experts of NITI Aayog and the Finance Ministry. The state government must seek the advice from the economists to come out from the trouble otherwise; it will have a trickle-down effect in the state economy.”

Sarkar however also suggested the government to undertake immediate measures to bring money flow in the market and to increase the purchasing power of the middle class. Along with immediate drive for filling up the vacant posts in the departments like agriculture, health and education, he demanded to stop the use of machines in MGNREGA works and ensure at least 100 days of work to every job cardholder to stabilise the market.