Assembly sessions & sittings decreased:

Communist party claims to be a modern, scientific and democratic organization. The reality gives a complete opposite evidence. Mr Manik Sarkar and his government seem to be having lesser faith on legislature in comparison with other chief ministers of the state and the governments under their leadership. Mr Sarkar recorded lowest number of sittings in the 10th assembly in between 2008 and 2013. In 13 sessions, the total sittings of the House was 78 only. 9th assembly(2003-2008) during his tenure recorded 16 sessions and 98 sittings. 8th assembly formed in 1998 and continued till 2003. The first tenure of Manik Sarkar. Only 82 sittings were arranged in 13 sessions during the five year term. Manik Sarkar’s predecessor Dasharath Deb led the govt. from 1993 to 1998. Assembly sat for 84 days in 12 sessions. Congress-TUJS coalition govt. under Sudhir Ranjan Majumder and Samir Ranjan Barman recorded a little bigger number like 14 sessions and 95 sittings. Communist leader Nripen Chakraborty led the governments in 4th and 5th assembly. 4th assembly(1978-83) recorded 17 sessions and 99 sittings whereas 5th assembly(1983-88) saw 112 sittings in 15 sessions. Golden was the period for the assembly during the regime of Sukhamoy Sengupta. The 3rd assembly(60 member) was formed in the year(1972) Tripura became full-fledged state. Despite huge political turmoil, the 3rd assembly(1972-77) recorded 17 sessions and 166 sittings, which is the highest in number so far. The ultra modern and so-called poorest CM could not break that record as yet. The 1st assembly had the duration from 1963 to 1966. It saw 9 sessions and 103 sittings. The 2nd assembly(1967—71) under leadership of 1st CM of Tripura Sachindralal Singha recorded 2nd highest number of sittings so far, that is 139 days and 13 sessions. One can easily understand which period remained healthier democratic activities in state assembly between 3rd assembly(1972-77) with 166 sittings or 10th assembly(2008-13) with only 78 sittings.

Tripura budget:

The leaders and ministers of the ruling party and its government have been holding financial constraints responsible for failure to uplift people from poverty-driven condition, besides, deprivation from central government. The story of central deprivation is absolutely lame excuse ! The fact is that state government did not utilize funds properly for public benefits and deprived people. For the year 2017-18 - 15,956.56 crore with a defit of 198 crore 20016-17 - 15246.52 crore with deficit of 188.54 crore 2015-16 - 14948.92 crore with deficit of 189.18 crore 2014-15 - 12,404.77 crore with deficit of 158.66 crore 1976-77 - 39.43 crore 1968-69 – 14.38 crore 2013-14 - 9211.10 crore with deficit of 205.39 crore Last 5 years from 2013-14 to 2017-18 budget together makes 67,767.87 crore. 1997-98 - 1308.66 crore 1998-99 - 1384.94 crore 1999-2000 - 1999.14 crore 2000-2001 - 2331.11 crore 2001-2002 - 2618.06 crore 2002-2003 – 2732.70 Total in 5 years from 1998-99 to 2002-03 is 11,065.95 cr. Difference of amount in budget between the first 5 years and latest 5 years of the regime of Manik Sarkar stands at 56701.92 cr State’s GSDP(in crore) -2011-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16 19208 21663 25593 29667 33189 During the year 2015-16, Fiscal Deficit stood at 1650.45 crore as against the deficit of 1049.03 crore in 2014-15. State economy : Experts observation “It is an irony of fact that the Agriculture in the predominantly agrarian economy such as Tripura gets no priority at all.” “One of the main functions of any Government is to make expenditure under the provisions of budget to ensure that the assets are created for the welfare of the people of the state and at the same time to ensure that the liabilities are kept at the minimum level for the whole exercise to be meaningful. Unfortunately, the asset-liability scenario of the economy of Tripura is also shocking to note.” “The performance of the Govt. of Tripura in regard to the debt management seems to be also disappointing.’ ‘The ever increasing debt ratio from 33% in 1995-96 to 41% in 1998-99 clearly keeps on sending alarming signal to the state planners to act before the economy slips further beyond recovery.’” Source : Dialogue July – September, 2002, Volume 4, No.1 Financial Health of Tripura : Worrying Scan Report by Arunoday Saha