Vinit Wahi / NEW DELHI
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee has allged that the four years of the BJP rule has been a total betrayal of the country as the Modi Government could not fulfill any of the election promises made to the people as they all turned out to be totally hollow.
Addressing a press conference, here today DPCC president Ajay Maken said that agriculture growth in the past four years has been the lowest since Economic Reforms began, and farmers have been living under tremendous distress.
He said it is just 1.9% (from 2014-15 to 2017-18) whereas under the Congress UPA Government, agriculture grew at an average of 4.2 per cent. He said the promise of doubling farm incomes by 2022 is another Jumla, as at this speed of growth, the income of farmers will be doubled only by the year of 2052. He said BJP’s promise of Cost + 50% MSP (Minimum Support Price) in its 2014 election manifesto remains a Jumla. Shri Maken said Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley blatantly lied in his Budget speech of 2018-19 (1st Feb., 2018) claiming that the Modi Government has “already given ‘Cost+50%” as MSP to farmers. Others present at the press conference were AICC in-charge of Delhi P.C.Chacko, chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee, among others.
Stressing on the 10-point primer in which the Modi Government failed miserably, though the Modi Government had failed on all fronts, he said during the four-year rule of the Modi Government at the Centre, the county witnessed the worst-ever farm distress, instead of giving jobs to the youth their employment opportunities were robbed, economic mismanagement, corruption and scams peaked to a record high, national security endangered, zero sum foreign policy, persecution and prosecution of Dalits and Adivasis, Mahila Virodhi (anti-women), and failure of flag ship schemes. Shri Maken gave zero rating to the Modi Government in its four-year rule “as we cannot give minus rating”.
Maken said the BJP had promised to create 2 crore jobs for the youth every year, but according to the Labour Bureau Report, only 4.16 lakh jobs were created in 2016-17. He said demonetization along led to the loss of 15 lakh jobs. Shri Maken said the Modi Government had promised Rs 10,000 crore funding for Start-up India for four years, but halfway down the mission, it disbused a pittance of Rs 90.62 crore. He said only 109 out of 6,981 recognized Startup businesses had received Government support under ‘Startup India’ and only 15 per of those trained under “Skill India” have got placement.
Maken, giving a detailed account of the economic mismanagement of the modi Government, said the GDP growth is a four-year low, despite new method of calculation. He said misadventures like the ‘Disaster of Demonetisation’, mistakes like a “Flawed GST” and mismanagement of the banking sector has ruined the Indian economy. He said under the Modi Government, Indian’s exports have been plunging and diminishing India’s trade competitiveness. He said India’s exports as percentage of GDP has been the lowest in the last 14 years. He said NPA’s of all banks rose by 2305—from Rs 2,51,054 crore in March 2014 to Rs 8,31,141 crore in December, 2017.