Three years of Narendra Modi government: Senior Congress leader and former Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh targeted Prime Minister Modi’s government today over its failure to deliver on its promises. Ramesh said that the Centre’s performance in the last three years on the economic front has been dismal. The former minister quipped that the “dreams of the dream merchant (PM Modi) have turned into a nightmare for the people,” reported The Indian Express.
Ramesh made the comments at a press conference called by the Congress to ‘expose’ the Modi government after it completed three years in the Centre after winning the mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Ramesh claims that there has been an economic downturn due to low agricultural growth, very less employment generation and low investments. Ramesh added that job creation has been the lowest in a decade. The former Union Minister added that the current government’s strategy can only be described as Adhiktam Prachar, Nyuntam Vichar (maximum promotion, minimum thinking)”, according to the Indian Express.
While speaking about growth in the agricultural sector, Ramesh said that the growth dropped from 3.5 percent under the UPA to the current 1.7 percent. Ramesh added, ”If there is no growth in the agriculture sector then the nation won’t progress and the gap between urban and rural areas will only increase”. The Congress also questioned the Centre over the import of 60 lakh tonnes of wheat and 50 lakh tonnes of pulses. The former Union Minister also hinted that there may be a scam as the government was importing pulses at the rate of Rs 45 per KG and selling the pulses at the rate of Rs 250 per KG, according to an Indian Express report.
Ramesh attacked the government over the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, saying that insurance companies collected Rs 16,000 crores from farmers as premiums, but farmers only got Rs 7,000 crores.
Ramesh, who is a Rajya Sabha member, accused the Centre of not fulfilling its poll promise of giving farmers 50 percent profit over the cost of production as the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The Rajya Sabha MP added that the Centre went back on its promise and submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that giving 50 percent profit over production cost was not possible, according to the Indian Express.
He further added that the Centre has failed to deliver on its promise of creating 2 crore jobs a year saying, ”Government figures show that in 2016, hardly two lakh jobs were created and in 2015, hardly 1.5 lakh people got jobs.”
The Rajya Sabha MP called demonestisation a “disaster” and said it severely affected small and medium industries. Ramesh said that Modi is an expert in rebranding, repackaging and renaming, according to an IE report.