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Metamorphosis of India is happening now: Govt
The Opposition on Thursday accused the Centre of “failing” on all fronts particularly in tackling black money, demonetisation, handling of Kashmir, terrorism and fake currency. The Government countered it saying the “metamorphosis of India is happening now”.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha that the Government has imposed an “undeclared emergency” in the country and any criticism is being suppressed. Participating in a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's address, Azad said, “2016 has been a year of depression, recession, regression and suppression.”
Members of other Opposition parties like Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress also attacked the Government over demonetisation, State of the economy and other aspects of governance.
From the ruling side, Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad said during the previous Congress rule, the country had seen widespread corruption and the economy had been left in a dire condition.
In his speech Prasad showered full some praise on Modi and listed out various initiatives of the Prime Minister like Swachh Bharat and Start-Up India to emphasise that the country was being taken on the path of development. He said the Government is being guided by four principles-banking the unbanked, funding the unfunded, securing the unsecured, pensioning the unpensioned.
Emphasising that “This Government is for change", he said a “metamorphosis of India is happening now” as common people are being recognised along with their contribution, quality and accomplishment.
While targeting the Congress which ruled the country for most of the pre-Independence period, Prasad said a lot of people had worked for building the nation and "it is our job to honestly respect their work, their sacrifice" even though "their thinking and ideology may be different."
About the government's assertion that demonetisation was to target black money, the Leader of Opposition referred to a number of instances where crores of rupees in new currency were seized across the country. He also criticised the Government over printing of some new notes without the picture of Mahatma Gandhi and some even printed only on one side.
On Kashmir affairs, he said the situation has worsened and the government has failed to curb infiltration. Despite doubling security forces, there is no improvement in the situation in J&K.
Noting that the Government has been expressing concern over the situation in the valley, Azad said, "Mere expressing concern is not the job of the Government. It should come out with concrete solutions.”
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