Rahul attacks PM on lack of jobs, Rafale deal, demonetisation
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Rahul attacks PM on lack of jobs, Rafale deal, demonetisation

Berlin, Aug 24: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on lack of jobs, the alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal and policy of demonetisation.

Addressing the Indian overseas Congress in Berlin, Rahul said lack of jobs was a big problem in India.

'China produces fifty thousand jobs in 24 hours while the Indian government is able to give only 400 jobs in the same period, ' he said.

He said that the youths are jobless because there is a dearth of jobs in the formal sector.

Taking a dig at the PM over his ‘pakoda employment’ remark, Rahul said, "the main challenge before India is to generate jobs for its youth population. Definitely, the youth can make pakodas but the problem of jobs will not be resolved by just making pakodas. The problem will be resolved only when jobs in the formal sector are created."

Speaking of the PM’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, he said that had the Modi government worked towards establishing links between the banks and the small and medium businesses, the problem of jobs would have been resolved to some extent.

“Modiji gave the slogan of ‘Make in India’. If he had in reality linked the small and medium businesses to the banks, the ‘Make in India’ would have become a fact,” he said.

In this context, he said only 15-20 industrialists were getting the benefits of 'Make in India’ initiative.

Attacking the PM on the Rafale deal, Rahul questioned why the contract for Rafale was given to Anil Ambani if Reliance who had NPAs of Rs 45,000-cr and whose company did not have experience of defence production.

He also accused the PM of divesting the Hindustan Aeronautics limited if the offset contract thus losing out on opportunity to create jobs.

“I want to ask one question, the HAL has been manufacturing fighter aircraft for the last 70 years, MIG, Sukhoi etc, etc, the highest technology jets. The HAL is a government entity and has no dues. But, Modiji decided to give the Rafale contract to Anil Ambani who owes the banks Rs 45,000-crore. Why did he give this contract to a company that has no experience of manufacturing fighter jets,' he asked.

Attacking the PM on demonetisation, he charged him of destroying the informal sector through the policy.

Calling the unorganised sector as the 'backbone' of the Indian economy, Rahul said the number of jobs being generated by the sector was far greater than the top industrial houses of the country yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government were taking several steps to undermine this sector.

'The backbone of the Indian economy is the informal sector. However steps like demonetisation sought to undermine this sector in this process, cut to g down on 2 per cent of the country 's GDP,' Rahul said.

He also accused Modi of using 'offensive' language towards him and other opposition leaders. "The type of language he (Modi) uses about me and other opposition leaders is very offensive. I may not agree with someone but I will never be abusive,' Rahul said. (UNI)