Govt plans ‘maximum privatisation’, says Rahul on centre’s job freeze move

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. File photo.

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday attacked the BJP-led central government over the reported freeze on recruitment to government posts. A day before, he had shared a list of “Modi-made disasters”, including the highest unemployment rate in 45 years. However, the Union Finance Ministry has dismissed the claim in a tweet.

Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi that “The Modi government’s thinking is minimum government, maximum privatisation. Covid is just an excuse. The government’s plan is to free government offices of all permanent staff. And, steal the youth’s future and propel his own friends forward.”

The Congress leader tagged a newspaper article on the list of austerity measures adopted by the central government, including a freeze on creation of new posts and hiring against posts created after July 1 across ministries and departments. The article states before filling up any vacant post, it would be mandatory to obtain the Department of Expenditure’s approval.

Attacks Modi’s economic policies

Gandhi has often led the Opposition in criticising the policies adopted by PM Modi’s government. He has sharpened his attacks on the central government, especially its handling of the Indian economy. But, the ruling BJP has dismissed his allegations in the past.

On August 30, Gandhi has launched a video explainer series on “how the Modi government has destroyed the Indian economy”. Since then, he has said the 2016 demonetisation move acted as a catalyst for the record GDP drop.

He maintained that the economy was further hurt by implementation of a “flawed GST” law. And, he said, the final nail in the coffin was the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the unplanned lockdown key industries were brought to a halt and rendered millions of people jobless, he added.

The former Congress chief frequently had advised the government to consider immediate social welfare measures to help the poor. Rahul has also urged the government to consider, among other measures, direct cash injections to the poor. He argued that increased spending is the more effective way to jump-start the stuttering economy.

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