AGARTALA: Senior CPI (M) leader and former member of Parliament Jiten Choudhury came down heavily against the Rs 20 lakh crore package declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and described it as discriminatory. He said the corporate sector will be immensely benefited from this package while the common people like farmers, farm labourers and other workers will not get anything.
He was talking to reporters after attending a protest rally organized by the All India Krishak Sabha, Tripura Khet Mazdoor Union, and Tripura Upajati Ganamukti Parishad. "COVID-19 has turned out to be another weapon for the government to protect the interests of the corporate world", he said.
He criticized the Tripura government for not making proper arrangements for the return of migrant labourers to their own State and accused the persons entrusted with the task for misbehaving with the ill-fated labourers, most of whom came here to work in the brick kilns.
Similarly, the students and workers who got stranded in different States due to the lockdown are facing difficulty in returning to their homes, he said. Citing instances of how the people are being harassed, he said that the government has given a certain phone number to contact but these are not working. In another incident, thousands of people from Tripura rushed to the Bengaluru Railway station after receiving a message that a train will leave for Tripura but after reaching there found that there is no such train on Monday.
Recently the State government announced that procurement of paddy at a minimum support price will be started from the first week of June. Jiten Choudhury demanded that the minimum support price should be one and half times more than the actual production cost.