Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the states giving freebies to provide free facilities to the people only after reviewing their financial position.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra. (file photo)
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra has challenged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the issue of free gifts. The finance minister had said on Saturday that when state governments announce concessions ahead of elections, they should check fiscal strength so that when they win and come back, they can keep their promise. right there now Mahua Moitra shared a screenshot of a news article on Sitharaman’s remarks and tweeted, “Hey…Madam..I will bet you Rs.15 lakhs.
Challenging Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, TMC MP Mahua Moitra wrote in her tweet that I bet you 15 lakh rupees, show this in front of PM Narendra Modi. Let us tell you that the opposition keeps taunting PM Modi and BJP for the promise of giving 15 lakh rupees.
Issue heated up by PM Modi’s statement
At the same time, the issue of freebies has come to the center level after PM Modi’s recent speeches on this issue between the Center and the Aam Aadmi Party. In July, PM Modi had mentioned ‘Rewari culture’ in one of his speeches. Taking a jibe at this, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that free healthcare, bus travel and education are not free, but debts of friends are waived.
What did the finance minister say?
In fact, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the states giving free gifts to provide free facilities to the people only after reviewing their financial position and make budgetary provisions accordingly. Sitharaman said that it is good to start a debate about free facilities. Sitharaman told the states that suppose when a government makes a promise and talks about giving some facilities to the people free of cost. It could be electricity, it could be something else. I am not saying that you should not do this, but do so only after reviewing your financial position.
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