As a response to the economic package announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and elaborated on by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Congress on Thursday said the government’s economic package has thus far fallen way in need of what the prime minister had promised the state and dubbed it as a “jumla package”.
“Congress leaders call out the decision”
A senior spokesperson of the party Anand Sharma said the country believed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was serious when he made the “dramatic” announcement of giving 10 per cent of the GDP as a package to revive the economy and support workers
and migrant labourers causing a lot of expectations from the package and the government.
“The finance minister’s announcement dashed all hopes,” he said. Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said minister of finance Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcements were nothing but a “jumla package”. Senior party leader Ahmed Patel said, “It isn’t an economic package. It is an empty package wrapped with speeches for the last three days.”
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari acknowledged that the minister of finance articulated the second tranche of the bailout or economic package that this government has conceptualized.
“It is unfortunate that the whole news conference (of Sitharaman) was a classic display of arrogance, ignorance, and insensitivity,” he said addressing reporters via a video link. “We expected that the minister of finance would begin with what the govt is doing to ferry the migrants who are walking on the roads back to their homes safely. But nothing like that happened,” Tewari said.
A lot of criticism has broken out against the BJP-led government because the earlier packages had failed to reach the beneficiaries and did nothing to ease the woes of the poor. Many expect the same results from this package as well which is to amount to Rs 20 Lakh Crores including the RBI generated revenue and the existing packages.
Several tweets and cartoons have emerged on social media platforms criticizing the unplanned policy of ‘package after package’ with no guarantee of it reaching the public.