Kanhaiya Kumar came down hard on PM Narendra Modi during his interaction with India Today’s Rahul Kanwal.
- Kanhaiya Kumar asserted his claims with data
- He said government schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have failed to have any impact
- Kanhaiya Kumar slammed government saying that wrong economic figures are being presented
“Privatisation of the profit and socialisation of loss”. This is how Kanhaiya Kumar described the state of the economy and general affairs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In a conversation with India Today’s Rahul Kanwal, Kanhaiya Kumar presented data to assert his claims and trained guns on PM Narendra Modi for going out of the way to maintain a good image in media.
“Ek taraf modi ji ka chamakta chehra hai jispe karodo rupiya unke facial par kharch kiya jata hai, doosri taraf is desh ki gareeb janata, karodo log hai (Crores are spent on Modi ji’s facials and nothing is done for crores of people suffering in poverty),” said Kanhaiya Kumar.
He said that many of the well-publicised schemes like Ujjwala Yojana, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have failed miserably.
“PM Modi claims that people will get free gas connection under Ujjwala Yojana. However, beneficiaries are having to pay the cost in installments as they go to get the cylinders refilled,” said Kanhaiya Kumar. He added that thousands of people are not refilling their cylinders as the price has gone above Rs 1000.
“Crores of needy people are on one side and on the other side there are crores of rupees being spent on PM Modi’s looks,” said Kumar, in an apparent reference to prime minister’s media savvy image.
Saying that Modi government is not presenting accurate figures, Kanhaiya Kumar said that even former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has expressed his doubts about the 7 per cent growth of Indian economy.
“If the economy is growing significantly, where are the jobs? Data shows that there are 27 lakh vacancies with the Central Government but they are never filled, rendering the number useless,” said Kumar. He underlined frequent instances of paper leaks which create obstacles in the recruitment process.
He attacked flagship government schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and Swachh Bharat.
“Data shows that 51 per cent of the funds allocated for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme were spent on only media-related activities. If this huge amount was utilised to impart education and provide jobs to girls and women, it would have been more beneficial,” he said.
Criticising implementation of Swachh Bharat mission, Kanhaiya Kumar underlined that thousand of cleaners are not being paid minimum wage.
He was especially aggressive on the issue of what he called deliberate weakening of public sector companies. Citing examples of companies like BSNL and Air India, Kanhaiya Kumar said that the financial condition of such companies has deteriorated to the extent that some of them are not even able to pay salaries of their employees.
He tried dispelling myth of a nation prospering only on account of a boom in the private sector alone.
“Country will not progress if only Jio rakes in a profit of millions of rupees. But the country will progress when public companies like BSNL prosper,” he said. He underlined that the average income of Indians in the poorest sections has decreased while that of richest Indians has increased, thus increasing financial inequality.