The Vice-Chairman of the Telangana State Planning Commission Boinpally Vinod Kumar has drawn flak from the reforms announced in 8 key sectors by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as part of 20 lakh crore covid economic package.
In a statement issued here today, Vinod Kumar said the Structural Reforms in any sector are always required and it is an ongoing process. These reforms would also take the next few years for implementation at ground level and there is no scope for immediate results and benefits.
He condemned what he called the callous attitude of Prime Minister and Finance Minister for giving false hopes to the distressed people of India through these ‘phoney announcements’ every day without giving any substantial direct benefits and relief to them.
“I fail to understand how these reforms in Atomic Energy, Mineral Sector, Space Sector and Defense Sector would help face COVID-19 crisis at the individual and institutional level”, he questioned adding further “Similarly, how is the privatization of DISCOMS in Union Territories will be relevant to current Health Crisis”.
One is forced to wonder that Government of India is mistaking Reform Measures as Relief Measures. If it is so, then Government of India announcements on Relief Measures are misleading and mischievous. It is not an exaggeration to state that the Government of India is pulling a joke on the poor and distressed population of the country through these daily announcements.
Today also, there is no mention or announcement of any financial support to State Governments which are facing a huge financial crisis due to revenue loss on account of lockdown for fighting COVID-19 crisis. As long as these announcements do not contain some direct financial support to States, they are just publicity gimmicks to divert attention from serious issues.