Ahmedabad: Taking a dig at the NDA government, Congress on Saturday said the Narendra Modi-led dispensation was only good at "repackaging" old schemes which were originally started during the UPA regime.
"I want to sincerely congratulate Modi and BJP, as no one could have done repackaging and relaunching of old schemes as good as them. However, it does not suit a Prime Minister to repackage old schemes in such a shameless manner and then take credit for it" Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters in Ahmedabad.
He claimed that the much touted 'Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Vidyutikaran Yojna' and the 'Pradhanmantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna' were actually started by Congress-led UPA government before Modi came to power in 2014.
"In reality, Modi has changed the name of 'Rajiv Gandhi Vidyutikaran Yojna' to 'Deendayal Upadhyay Yojna'. Between 2007 and 2012, UPA government has provided electricity connection to over 1.12 lakh houses under that scheme. While Modi government only managed to provide electricity to some few thousand villages only after relaunching it in 2014," the Rajya Sabha member claimed.
"Other example is of the 'Pradhanmantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna', which was earlier known as the 'Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Program', started in 2007. Modi government only changed its name.
"Same is the case with soil health card programme, organic farming initiative. All these schemes are renamed and relaunched by NDA," he claimed.
Singhvi also unveiled a 62-page booklet depicting failures of Modi government during it's two years of rule.
The title of the booklet is "Pragati ki tham gai chaal, do saal-desh ka bura haal" (Development stalled during two years, country in deep trouble).
"This booklet has been launched simultaneously across the country today by our leaders. It is having facts and figures to prove that Modi government has failed on all the fronts, be it agriculture output, inflation, industrial growth, foreign policy, job creation, exports, etc," Singhvi added.
"Agriculture exports were at 42 billion USD in 2013-14, which came down to just 32 billion USD within one year under the Modi rule. PM promised to give employment to 2 crore people annually. However, only 1.34 lakhs were given employment each year under Modi government," he claimed.