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TNT Bureau | November 18, 2018

The Congress party in a press conference at Congress Bhavan alleged embezzlement in the 6th North East Youth Festival funds which is being held in Tripura.

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“Almost 4 crore money has been spent for the 6th North East Youth Festival which is being held in Tripura. No tender has been called to spend the money for arrangement of the festival. The reason behind not calling tender was to grasp the funds allotted for the youth festival. All these are being done under the supervision of few government official of Youth Affairs & Sports department”, said Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Vice President, Tapas De.

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He further alleged that near about 1 crore rupees have been spent on flex for the program so that the Chief Minister could be promoted which is simply unproductive. Moreover, as many as 1200 delegates and participants were supposed to join the region’s most important cultural event but we came to know that only 629 delegates and participants have come here to join the cultural programme. But the expenditure which is being shown is of 1200 delegates and the quality of the food served to them is also sub standard, alleged the Congress.

TPCC President, Birajit Sinha said that Chief Minister Bipalb Kumar Deb, who has promised transparent governance, must order judicial probe into the alleged malpractice in the North East Youth Festival to identify the wrong doings.

“We know Director Youth Affairs and Sports department Udayan Sinha is a mere spectator to all wrongdoings. Everything is being done by the party leaders”, he alleged.

Sinha also demanded that the state government must immediately cut the VAT charges on aviation tribune fuel in Tripura so that the aviation companies could be encouraged to continue their operations in the state.

“Earlier 28 flights used to fly from Agartala airport but now the number has been reduced to 20. Spicejet has already withdrawn all its services at Agartala airport and we are hearing that Indigo airline might also end their operation at the Agartala Airport. So, we demand that the government must immediately reduce the VAT charges on aviation tribune fuel. Tripura is charging 18% whereas other North Eastern states like Meghalaya are charging as low as 4%”, said TPCC Chief.

Congress party has also given a deadline of 7 days to the state government to reduce the VAT charges on aviation tribune fuel.

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