Modi govt has failed to create job opportunities and securing India’s interest with friendly nations: Congress

It demanded that the govt takes necessary measures to arrest the continuous downslide by addressing issues at home and standing up to the threats being imposed on Indian employees abroad

KC Venugopal (IANS Photo)
KC Venugopal (IANS Photo)
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The Congress on Tuesday slammed the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre for its failures on domestic as well as diplomatic fronts which it said has led to an unprecedented employment crisis for youth and working citizens.

K C Venugopal, MP and General Secretary, AICC said in a statement that the Modi government at the Centre “has proved to be singularly and uniquely disastrous for the country.”

“Consistently pulling the country down on all socio-economic indices ever since it came into power in 2014, the thoughtless and mindless decisions taken by it especially during the last three months or so- ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began have wrecked havoc,” he said.

“As if the nearly 13 crore domestic job losses were not enough - with many states reaching unemployment figures of 40%, the decision by the United States of America to suspend H-1B Visa w.e.f. 24th June 2020 will result in about 2 lakh Indians being sent back home. Additionally of all the 85000 H-1B Visas, since more than 60,000 were being availed by Indians, it would mean as many lost job opportunities for Indians,” Venugopal said.

“A bigger tragedy is staring at Indians in the Gulf with the Government of Kuwait bringing about legislation limiting the number of Indians to not exceed more than 15% of the total expat-population. This in effect would mean that 8.5 lakhs Indians in Kuwait who were till now sending home hard currency and sustaining the economy of many states like Kerala will be forced to leave Kuwait and come back home where nothing but despair awaits them. In 2018, India received close to $4.8 billion (approx. Rs 35,939 crore at present rate) from Kuwait as remittances,” he added.

“The failure of the Modi Government in not creating job opportunities at home as also buckling down to even hitherto friendly states in securing India’s interest, is more telling than ever before,” he said.

“Despite repeated requests and written suggestions on part of the Congress Party and its leadership viz Smt Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi, to resurrect the Indian economy and effectively fight the COVID-19 pandemic, this government in its arrogance has failed to do anything. It is demanded that Modi Government wakes up and takes necessary measures to arrest the continuous down slide by addressing issues at home and standing up to the threats being imposed on the Indian employees abroad,” Venugopal said.

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