NEW DELHI | April 6, 2019:

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Tripura has neglected voter priorities and performed “poorly and underwhelmingly” on almost all governance parameters, including agriculture, employment, road infrastructure and law and order, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

Released on Friday, the Tripura Survey Report 2018 found that agricultural loan availability, better employment opportunities, and improved law and order were the top three concerns for voters in the state and the performance of the Biplab Kumar Deb government was ‘below average’ on all three.

In the rural areas, the top voter priorities were agricultural loan availability, electricity for agriculture, and better law and order, and the government’s performance on all three was ‘below average’.

On a scale of 5, the state government scored 1.4 on agricultural loan availability, 1.5 on electricity for agriculture and 1.91 on better law and order/policing, the report by the election watchdog said.

“In addition, the government performed poorly in providing better employment opportunities (1.43) and availability of water for agriculture (1.71) in rural Tripura,” it added.

The ADR survey, conducted between October 2018 and December 2018, also revealed that for urban voters, employment, electricity for domestic use, and better roads were the top priorities.

“On urban voter priorities the government was rated ‘below average’ with a score of 1.77 on better employment opportunities, 1.77 on electricity for domestic use, and 1.2 on better roads on a scale of 5. In addition, it performed poorly in providing school education (1.43) and drinking water (1.91) in urban Tripura,” the report said

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