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26% Tax-Burdens on Northeast State Tripura amid 5% GDP nationally : ‘Asta-Laxmi’, ‘Double-Engine’ dreams chugged on Heated Pans of Hiked Commodity Prices
TIWN Jan 18, 2020
26% Tax-Burdens on Northeast State Tripura amid 5% GDP nationally : ‘Asta-Laxmi’, ‘Double-Engine’ dreams chugged on Heated Pans of Hiked Commodity Prices

AGARTALA, Jan 18 (TIWN): When Northeast state Tripura was promised by a big-size Vision Document it was never imagined that the Vision Document is not related to Central Funding leading uncontrolled tax imposition on the common men. So far fuel, electricity, trade license, municipality, health services, pensions, water-taxes are subjected to be taxes in addition of slowdown of markets and Govt’s inability to provide rural mandays. Thus, the tax collection now at 26% whereas GDP is low at 5% nationally. Reacting over the scrapping of free-medical-services, Congress party has asked Chief Minister Biplab Deb to focus on Govt hospitals instead of focusing on lunch-invitations. Congress said, almost in all Govt hospitals medical and medicine services are almost free in other states but here in the name of health cards etc, people’s basic health services rights are snatched.

Amid propagandas on Ayushman Bharat like projects, the scrapping of Free Medical Services have turned heavy on the poor and middle class people. Public have demanded reinstallation of the service immediately like before. Most of the people have no interest for Ayushman Bharat insurance like issues, rather sought 100% free medical services. Revenue collection in exchange of “saving life” has caused pathos across Government hospitals but the BJP led State Govt has turned a deaf ear. Since the BJP led State Government had drafted provisional revised tariffs of 14 hospital services and 286 bio-chemistry, pathological, radiological, digital and clinical tests, it is causing massive criticism. 18 month’s old BJP Govt's multiple anti-people decisions by immature, arrogant politicians are affecting the whole BJP party here, kicked off a fresh infighting among the BJP members themselves.

Water-Tax which was Rs. 30 till 2017 under the Left Govt was increased at Rs. 40 last year and this year it has jumped at Rs. 200.

Power Dept which has decided to hike electricity tariffs at 7.5% which will be used to kick of further developmental works, easily signaling how so far no funding is happening under the Modi Govt for state Tripura unlike the UPA era which helped each state via negotiation in Planning Commission.

Tripura cabinet on July 26, 2018 had decided first ever to bring ordinance to hike 2 % cess on Petrol, Diesel, Natural Gas.

Promising to develop the economy and betterment of every citizens of the state, which will reduce the transport cost and also save time Govt has decided to lavy 2 % cess on fuel. It was said that revenue will develop roadmaps, but although taxes were taken but nowhere development is seen. In this regard, a Congress leader said, Tripura Govt is unnecessarily imposing 24% tax whereas Central Govt imposed another 19% tax. If taxes of 12% by State Govt and 10% by Central Govt are being cut then the price will be downed at 60. In total now the fuel tax in Tripura is 43%.

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