Mumbai: The Central Government has provided direct assistance of over Rs 28,000 crore to Maharashtra in various ways. On the other hand, the Maha Aaghadi government has not given a single 'penny' worth package to the poor in the state.
BJP chief spokesperson Keshav Upadhye has challenged the Congress leadership to show courage by putting pressure on the Chief Minister to announce a package instead of carrying out a morcha at the BJP office.
Upadhye said, “The direction of the Congress morcha is basically wrong. If the Congress really cares about the people, then instead of marching on the BJP office, the Congress leaders should put pressure on the Chief Minister and force him to announce a package for the poor. But Congress leaders will not show that much courage. Because the Chief Minister will not take any serious note of you, the Congress leaders know that they do not even have a pennyworth value in this alliance government. That is why they are doing an apologetic stunt of marching on the BJP office.”
He went on, “Maharashtra has received more than Rs 28,000 crore through various schemes like Kisan Sanman Nidhi, Jandhan, Ujjwala, purchase of agricultural commodities. The Center has given Rs 19,000 crore under GST to the State Government. By increasing the ceiling of the states to raise debt, Rs 1 lakh 25 thousand crores will be available to Maharashtra through loans. No secondary treatment has been meted outdone in the financial assistance provided by the Central Government to deal with the situation created by the lockdown.”
“Allegations are being levelled against the central government by the state government to cover up its inefficiency. If one were to consider the purchase of agricultural produce during the lockdown period and crop insurance amount, then Maharashtra has received Rs 9,000 crore from the Centre. The central government has spent more than Rs 8,000 crore for the purchase of cotton, tur dal, rice, and maize by farmers in Maharashtra. PPE kits, masks, pills have been supplied in large quantities. The two-month interest on loans taken by traders under Mudra Yojana has been paid by the Cente. This will benefit thousands of small entrepreneurs in Maharashtra to the tune of Rs 100 crore,” he concluded.