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Row over tariff hike in govt hospital services in Tripura
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Congress supporters staging a protest in Agartala on Monday against the hike in tariff for medical services in government-run hospitals in Tripura. – Photo: Agartala Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Sept 9 - The abrupt hike in tariff for health services at government-run hospitals has led to huge resentment against the ruling BJP in Tripura, with the main opposition parties Congress and CPI(M) criticising the actions of the Biplab Kumar Deb government.

Opposition leader Manik Sarkar has written a letter to the Chief Minister, urging him to roll back the huge tariff hike in all government hospital services. In his letter, Sarkar termed the government’s decision as “anti-people and short-sighted”.

State Congress president Pradyot Kishore Debbarman has also sharply reacted to the government decision. All district units of the Congress have been asked to stage protest rallies against the government move in the healthcare sector.

While there has been 100 per cent hike for some hospital services, in some services the increase has been around 200 per cent, triggering resentment among the people. Under the revised tariff, a patient needs to pay Rs 50 per hour in government hospitals whereas it was free earlier.

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