Nutannagar (Tripura) [India], Mar. 20 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has criticized the Left Front government in Tripura for not utilizing the Central Government's fund especially for the development of the farming section.
Singh was here to attend a programme at the College of Fisheries.
The Minister said, "I do not understand whether the (central) fund coming to Tripura for development is being utilized for public welfare or party welfare."
He alleged that the Left Front government blames the Central Government for not sanctioning enough funds for development of the state but the actual fact is that despite releasing enough funds the Tripura Government is not utilizing the fund properly for upliftment of the poor.
Singh said that during the last five years of the UPA regime, from 2010-11 to 2014-15 fiscal, the government had sanctioned Rs.7,646 crore, but after the Modi government came to power in 2014 it has sanctioned Rs. 2,3655 crore in agriculture sector for Tripura.
"In last three years, the Central Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned three times more than what the previous government did in last five years," he added.
Singh alleged that in the last two years, the Central Government had sanctioned more than Rs. one crore for allotting soil health cards to one lakh eighty one thousand farmers of Tripura, but the state government could use only Rs.60 lakh and sanction health card to only 40 percent of the total farmers of the state.
He further alleged that the Central Government had sanctioned Rs. three crore fifty six lakh for setting up of soil testing laboratories in various districts, and Rs. eight crore fifty lakh for micro irrigation but on date the state government has not furnished any progress report or utilization certificate.
The Union Minister also made allegations that the Left Front Government was partisan in nature and they have no tolerance for the people supporting the opposition political parties, which is unacceptable in a democratic system. (ANI)