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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019

‘Maharashtra hit by grave economic slowdown,’ says former PM Manmohan Singh

The Congress leader also said that Maharashta is leading in farmer suicides and has been hit by a grave economic slowdown.

assembly-elections Updated: Oct 17, 2019 16:27 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The former prime minister also slammed the Centre and Maharashtra government for “being unwilling to adopt people-friendly policies”.
The former prime minister also slammed the Centre and Maharashtra government for “being unwilling to adopt people-friendly policies”.(Photo: Pratik Chorge/ Hindustan Times)
         

Government’s apathy is affecting Indians, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh said on Thursday in Mumbai during a press conference. The Congress leader also said that Maharashtra is leading in farmer suicides and has been hit by a grave economic slowdown.

“Maharashtra today is a leader in farmer suicides. Economic slowdown, government’s apathy is affecting aspirations and the future of Indians,” said Dr Manmohan Singh. “Mumbai and Maharashtra have had to face some of the worst effects of grave economic slowdown. The state has highest factory shutdowns in last five years.”

Singh also slammed the Centre and Maharashtra government for “being unwilling to adopt people-friendly policies”.

Watch l Modi & Fadnavis govts not adopting people oriented policies: Manmohan Singh 

Speaking on PMC Bank scam, Manmohan Singh made an appeal to Prime Minister Modi to resolve the grievances of 16 lakh people affected.

“It’s very unfortunate what has happened in the case of this bank. I appeal to the Maharashtra CM, the PM and the finance minister to look into the matter and resolve the grievances of the affected 16 lakh people,” said the former PM. “I expect the government of India, RBI and the Maharashtra government to put their head together and provide a credible, pragmatic and effective solution to this case where the depositors are trying for justice,” he added.

The Congress leader also stressed on the decline in manufacturing growth rate of Maharashtra for 4th consecutive year.

“Much advertised double engine model of governance on which BJP seeks votes has utterly failed. Manufacturing growth rate of Maharashtra has been declining for 4th consecutive year,” he said.

Union minister Piyush Goyal hit back at Manmohan Singh and said he should concentrate on his own “failures” rather than targeting the government.

“Manmohan Singh should reflect on where he went wrong, why he couldn’t maintain a strong economy and give an honest government. Why he was so helpless that he had to obey orders from 10 Janpath and had no capacity to take his own decisions,” Goyal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.