Agartala, June 2 : A huge improvement in employment status of Tripura during Covid lockdown in May has been released by the Centre for Monitoring of Indian Economy (CMIE) triggered serious reaction in the political circle. The opposition Congress and CPI (M) questioned the credibility of reputed institutions like CMIE and sought clarification. They also demanded explanation from the state government whether they endorse it or else the administration must ask CMIE about the report.
The CMIE report indicated that Tripura managed unemployment well among the northeastern states in the month of May when the entire country has faced suspension of all economic activity. However, the state government claimed it as a success of good governance. According to CMIE report, the unemployment rate in May in Tripura had fallen down to 15.3 per cent from 41.2 per cent of April figure. As a result, employment opportunities have increased by 26 percent in a month when the entire country was reeling under the economic slowdown. In Assam the unemployment figure falls less than two percent, for Meghalaya it is less than five percent.
However, in the case of Sikkim it goes reverse and the unemployment rate increased by 22 percent in May. The report indicated that over 26 per cent people got employment in the month of May when everything was closed. Applauding the report, Tripura Deputy chief minister, also in charge of finance and rural development, Jishnu Dev Varma said that the state government has adopted multi pronged strategies to deal with the unemployment problem and it started yielding fruits. There has been a big push in self employment schemes and petty business was also streamlined after formulation of budget.
“The seasonal unemployment in Tripura has reduced substantially in the past two years of BJP rule due to government encouragement for self employment and support. Besides, skill development, agriculture and allied activities have also contributed a lot in dealing with unemployment,” Dev Varma stated. Criticising the government, CPI(M) senior leader Pabitra Kar said, “The BJP is unethically interfering in the activities of reputed research organisations like CMIE that led to loss of their credibility. The people of the state have got every right to know from those data go when hundreds of people lost job in the last two months due to lockdown and managing life with relief.” Congress Chief Pijush Kanti Biswas sought clarification of the report from the state government. (UNI)