Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as we speak hit again on the opposition, particularly the Congress, for trying to color the Narendra Modi authorities as one catering solely to crony capitalists. Itemizing out the provisions in Finances 2021 and different coverage measures aimed toward India’s poor, she even took a swipe on the BJP’s most important rival by taking part in on the oft-used son-in-law theme to embarrass it.
“It has now turn out to be a form of behavior for some within the opposition to consistently allege, despite what we’re doing for the poor and the steps taken for serving to the poor and needy of this nation…a false narrative is created to accuse that this authorities works just for cronies,” Ms Sitharaman stated responding to the controversy on this 12 months’s price range.
She stated 800 million folks had been supplied free meals grain, 80 million had been given free cooking fuel, and money was instantly transferred to the accounts of some 400 million folks, farmers, girls, divyang (differently-abled), and the poor.
She then requested the opposition if solely cronies benefited from these provisions.
“Over 1.67 crore homes have been accomplished beneath the PM Awas Yojana. Is it for the wealthy? Over 2.67 crore households have been electrified beneath PM Saubhagya Yojana since 2017 October. The overall worth of orders positioned on authorities e-market is Rs 8,22,077 crore. Are they being given to large firms? They’re being given to MSMEs,” she stated.
The Finance Minister had extra to say as she cited the over 3.6 lakh crore digital transactions made through the Unified Funds Interface between Augusts 2016 until January 2020.
“UPI is utilized by who? The wealthy? No. Center class, smaller merchants. Who’re these folks then? Is authorities creating UPI, facilitating digital transactions to profit wealthy cronies? Some damaads? No,” she stated.
The a number of utterance of the time period “damaad” evoked sharp responses from the opposition benches, particularly the Congress. She replied, “Does the Congress celebration have a trademark over the phrase ‘damaad‘?”
Her emphasis on disproving the cronyism slur stemmed from frequent allegations by the opposition leaders. As an illustration, solely yesterday, the Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, in a fiery speech in Parliament, referred to the Narendra Modi authorities as a “Hum do, hamaare do” regime, implying that solely a few folks benefited from it.
Earlier, too, Mr Gandhi has used phrases like “suit-boot ki sarkar” (a authorities that caters to these in suits-and-boots) to place the administration on the again foot.