Modi’s address did not match the hype: Congress


Modi’s address did not match the hype: Congress


Context

  • Moments after Prime Minister announced his government’s decision to extend the free foodgrains offer until November, the Congress pointed out that the suggestion was first made by party chief in a letter to PM.
  • The party said that the government should listen to their suggestion of direct cash injection.
  • Former Congress president asked the Centre to implement a minimum income guarantee scheme, like the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) proposed by his party, for six months to boost demand and kickstart the economy.
  • The Congress said it was disappointing, didn’t match the hype that was generated before the speech and the Prime Minister seemed “preoccupied with the idea of Bihar Assembly elections.”
  • The party also questioned PM’s claim that the COVID-19 battle was well under control, as the data portrayed a grim picture and India was now the fourth highest in terms of the number of cases.