Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the central government for allegedly waiving loans of Rs 2.3 lakh crore for rich industraliats this year alone. The Wayanad MP said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government could've given Rs 20,000 each to 11 crore families of the country if it had used the amount.
"2378760000000. The amount Modi government waived for some industrialists this year. With this amount, 11 crore families could have been given Rs 20,000 eacg in the difficult time of Covid. The reality of Modi ji's development," he said in a tweet.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi had said in May that money should be put directly in the pockets of the people.
Commenting on the financial package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in May, Rahul said, "Today our people need money. PM should reconsider this package. Modi ji should think about direct cash transfer, 200 working days under MNREGA, money for farmers etc. because all of them are the future of India."
"The need of the hour is to give money to people directly into their pockets and people do not require loans at this moment," he had said.
The Finance Minister has announced three tranches of the relief package after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 20 lakh crore package to help mitigate financial woes caused due to the prolonged lockdown.