Union Minister of State Nityanand Rai here on Tuesday rubbished slowdown talks and maintained that a ‘strong’ Indian economy was well on track to achieve 5 trillion-dollar economy target in next few years.
Rai was here on Tuesday to highlight Modi Government’s 100-day achievements. He was talking to media persons at BJP headquarters. Asked about his cabinet colleague’s (Pratap Singh Sarangi) remarks in which he accepted that economy was going through slowdown of late, Rai responded in negative saying Indian economy was as strong as ever. “Concrete measures are being taken to help out weak sectors as we are eyeing 5 trillion-dollar economy,” said the union minister who is the MoS in ministry of Home Affairs.
He cited examples of bailout packages offered to several sectors. “Indian economy is robust and among the strongest in world economies,” added Rai who wholeheartedly praised Modi government for abrogating articles 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir and paving the way for uprooting terrorism.
“This has led to strengthening unity and integrity of the country,” claimed the Bihar BJP president.
However, asked about 5% GDP and 5000 persons losing jobs daily, the visiting minister remained defiant claiming that jobs are not being lost as infrastructure was growing, big companies are making huge investments for increasing production and agri production is on the rise and crores are getting loans under Mudra yojana so this means employment is increasing, said the minister before abruptly ending the press briefing.
Notably, Pratap Singh Sarangi, the MoS for Animal Husbandry who visited Sehore in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday had accepted that GST and demonetisation had ushered in economic slowdown in the country. The minister had however claimed that things would improve shortly.
Regarding Pakistan using Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on J&K against India at UN, Rai claimed that he won’t taunt anyone but wish to say that none should offer any statement which affects the unity, integrity and national security. He went on to claim that Pakistan has been exposed as a nation which lies indiscriminately.