At the receiving end during the UPA rule of opposition barbs about policy paralysis, Congress on Sunday hit back alleging that there was paralysis in decision- making in the Narendra Modi dispensation due to “centralization”.
Party spokesperson Anand Sharma mentioned a number of top posts in diverse fields including Lokpal, CVC, CIC and DRDO and in a dozen scientific institutions that are lying vacant for long.
“If it is true the government is very decisive, then what is the reason for not appointing the chiefs of these important bodies,” Deputy Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said.
He said that the delay in decision-making was due to the fact that there was “centralized decision-making now” in the government which has led to “paralysis in decision-making”.
Other top posts vacant included chiefs of ICAR, CSIR, ICMR, CDRI, TIFR, SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics as also Vice Chancellors of 12 central universities.
The appointment of 76 joint secretaries has also been pending.
“The PM has made boastful claims and he has confused many within the country and even misled people globally,” he said.
Sharma challenged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley “to deny the fact that till the formation of new government in 2014, 24.30 crore accounts were opened” while questioning the vision of ‘JAM Trinity’.
JAM Trinity is the PM’s initiative and refers to Jan Dhan Yojana bank account number, Aadhaar number and mobile phones.
Modi emerged as a marketing guru
Another Congress leader Digvijay Singh took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the PM in his first year in office has emerged as a “marketing guru”.
“The performance of Modi government has been zero in last one year. But Modi was glorifying his regime performance boastfully. He is a good marketing guru who has perfected the art of selling products with zero performance,” Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said.
He said that Modi has just done repackaging of previous UPA government’s schemes and running them by projecting as if they had been charted out by the NDA government.
The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said that the only area where the country has registered growth is meat export.
Singh said that meat export has climbed by more than 15 per cent in the country.
He said that Modi had taken pot-shots at the previous UPA regime for ‘pink revolution’ (export of meat) during the Lok Sabha election campaign last year.
But under his one-year rule, the meat export has risen drastically, the Congress leader said.