Describing the development as “unprecedented”, the ruling BJP said that the growth of the primary sector contributed in a big way to the economic progress despite the pandemic. In this, especially agriculture and agriculture-related sectors contributed.
The Tripura government on Tuesday claimed that despite the corona pandemic, the state has registered economic growth with per capita income higher than the national average. Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath said that the state has also registered a significant increase in the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the financial year ended this March. Describing the development as “unprecedented”, the ruling BJP said that the growth of the primary sector contributed in a big way to the economic progress despite the pandemic. In this, especially agriculture and agriculture-related sectors contributed.
After the lockdown imposed during the first wave of the pandemic last year, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had said that the economy has been hit at the national level. At the same time, he had emphasized the need for development in the primary sector. A year later, as states across the country still grapple with a second wave of the pandemic, his government claims the strategy has worked.
Growth rate of Tripura in figures
Nath said that the GSDP of Tripura stood at Rs 59,752.61 crore in the 2020-21 financial year with steady growth over the last several financial years. He also emphasized on the increase in per capita income. He said, “The per capita income in Tripura is Rs 1,31,128 in 2020-21, which is Rs 1,25,191 in 2019-20, Rs 1,12,849 in the last financial year and Rs 1,00,444 in the previous year.”
“Government’s claim of economic progress is unrealistic”
However, opposition Congress state vice-president Tapas Dey said the government’s claim of economic progress is “unrealistic” and cannot be treated as factual, as it is based on “conjecture” and not a report. He said, “It is a juggling of figures. The state government has created an elite class under his patronage; Overall people are facing tough days. This claim of economic development is far from the ground reality. The biggest problem in Tripura today is unemployment, farmer distress and lack of money in the market.
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