New Delhi | Congress today accused the Narendra Modi government of “ignoring” poor and weak resulting in India slipping to 97th position on Global Hunger Index from 55th place during the UPA regime and witnessing suicides by 52 farmers daily.
India performed poorly in the Global Hunger Index slipping to 97 position under the NDA dispensation as against 55 in the erstwhile UPA regime, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar told reporters here.
This, he said, has taken place because the Modi government has effected cuts in social welfare schemes, which were targeted at the marginalised sections of India. UPA-I and -II had taken steps to reduce hunger through schemes like Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), and MGNREGA.
“Under Modiji, everyday 550 jobs are lost in India. Every day 52 farmers commit suicide,” he alleged.
Kumar also alleged that a sugar scam is brewing in India with the government planning to reduce customs duty on the commodity, saying the move would not reduce the price of sugar before Diwali, but those importing the sugar and then selling it will be profiting.
He claimed under the plan, price of sugar will not go down, but sugar will be imported from Brazil at Rs 26 per kg and sold at Rs 45 per kg here.
Accusing the government of mismanaging the sugarcane economy, he said the arrears to cane growers stood at Rs 13,000 crore in 2015-16 as against of Rs 800 crore in 2013-14.