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On Zoom Call Manmohan Singh,Rahul Gandhi Lambaste Government
It is not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on government servants and also on the armed forces people, says Manmohan Singh.
On Zoom Call Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi Lambaste Government
New Delhi: Group of congress leader who went on a zoom conference call to criticize the government was Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi, and former union minister P Chidambaram criticize the governments move to freeze the hike in the dearness allowance for thousand of the government employees in the middle of coronavirus crisis
"I sincerely believe it is not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on government servants and also on the armed forces people," said Manmohan Singh in the video posted by the Congress on Saturday.
"We should be on the side of people whose Dearness Allowances are being cut," said the 87-year-old two-time Prime Minister.Rahul Gandhi, who had earlier called the move "inhuman and insensitive", raised what he called extravagance in projects like the Central Vista beautification in Delhi.
As #COVID spreads, Modi Govt hurts 1.1cr Central Govt employees instead of providing relief. Withdrawing DA instead of cutting wasteful expenditure like Central Vista project is insensitive & inhumane. Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Shri @RahulGandhi & others express deep concern. pic.twitter.com/M6WQ0tojxG— Congress (@INCIndia) April 25, 2020
"You are building a central vista at the same time. So either you are not doing these extravagant expenditures...But you are taking money from the middle class, not giving it to the poor, and you are spending it on your central vista," said the Congress MP."
In view of the crisis arising out of COVID-19, it has been decided that the additional installment of dearness allowance payable to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Central Government pensioners, due from January 1, 2020, shall not be paid," the Finance Ministry order said.
"We can make the point that when you have not cut back expenditure on the bullet train, on the central vista development...those are the programs which should first be put on halt, before you halt people's DA," said P Chidambaram, a former finance minister.
Rs 5,600 crore has been allotted for a bullet train project linking financial capital Mumbai with Gujarat's Ahmedabad by 2022, to mark the 75th year of Independence.