Maharashtra Congress chief
Balasaheb Thorat on Tuesday stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) was made with an eye on Bihar elections.
Thorat, who’s the state’s income minister, additionally identified that the PM didn’t say something in regards to the stand- off with China in japanese Ladakh in his handle.
“The prime minister’s speech was a let-down….he did not provide any relief to the poor nor did he show his ‘red eyes’ (gave any stern message to) to China,” the Congress chief stated.
“After the coronavirus pandemic broke out, the free foodgrains scheme was launched to provide five kg of foodgrainsto the poor. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had demanded that the scheme be extendedtill September. The decision to extendan existing schemeis administrativematter and there was no need to mention it through a national address,” Thorat stated.
“But he announced the extension of the scheme with an eye on Bihar polls in November. The poor have other needs besides food. Five kg of rice, wheat and chana dal is a meager help. This will not last even for a month,” he stated.
Rs 7,500 in money should be deposited in financial institution accounts of the poor each month, Thorat demanded.
“The PM has indicated that the pandemic will stay till November,” he quipped.
Prime minister Modi on Tuesday introduced extension of the PMGKAY, a programme to supply free ration to over 80 crore individuals, until November finish.
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