The Government of Tripura states that the state has registered economic growth with a per capita income higher than the national average despite the prevailing pandemic. However, opposition Congress’s state vice-president Tapas Dey said the government’s claim of economic progress is “unrealistic” and can’t be treated as factual since it is based on “estimation”, not on the report.
Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said the state has also registered significant growth in Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the financial year that ended this March. He said, “Tripura has registered economic growth with a per capita income higher than the national average.”
The ruling BJP government hailed this development as “phenomenal”, saying primary sector growth, especially agriculture and agri-allied sectors, largely contributed to economic progress despite the ongoing pandemic.
As per the reports, Nath said, “GSDP of Tripura was Rs. 59,752.61 crore in 2020-21 financial year, with a steady growth over the last several financial years”. He also highlighted the rise in per capita income. “Per capita income in Tripura is Rs 1,31,128 in 2020-21 against Rs 1,25,191 in 2019-20, Rs 1,12,849 in the previous financial year and Rs. 1,00,444 in the year before that,” he said.
However for the opposition party led by Congress’s state vice-president Tapas Dey said the government’s claim of economic progress is “unrealistic” and can’t be treated as factual since it is based on “estimation”, not a report.
He added, “It is a jugglery of statistics. The state government has created an elite class under their patronage; people by and large are facing hard days. This claim of economic growth is far from the ground reality. The biggest problem in Tripura today is unemployment, farmer crises and lack of money flow in the market.”