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“Maximum Privatisation”: Rahul Gandhi On Centre’s Job Freeze To Cut Costs

A day after sharing a list of “Modi-made disasters”, including the highest unemployment rate in 45 years, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on the BJP-led central government today, raking up the issue of reported freeze on recruitment to government posts. The Union Finance Ministry has dismissed the claim in a tweet.
“The Modi government’s thinking is minimum government, maximum privatisation. Covid is just an excuse, the government’s plan is to free government offices of all permanent staff, steal the youth’s future and propel his own friends forward,” Mr Gandhi said in a Hindi tweet.

For reference he tagged a newspaper article on the list of austerity measures adopted by the central government, including a freeze on creation of new posts and hiring against posts created after July 1 across ministries and departments. The article states that if it is absolutely essential to fill any vacant post, a proposal must be sent for approval to the Department of Expenditure.

Mr Gandhi has often led the Opposition in criticising the policies adopted by PM Modi’s government. He has sharpened his attacks on the central government, especially its handling of the Indian economy, since the coronavirus pandemic necessitated a countrywide lockdown in March this year. But, the ruling BJP has dismissed his allegations in the past.


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