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Public debt went up by over `30L cr in 57 months: Cong

New Delhi: Accusing the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "wrecking" India's economy, the Congress on Tuesday claimed that public debt increased by over Rs 30 lakh crore in 57 months of the Modi dispensation, pushing the nation into an "unending debt cycle".

Citing Finance Ministry documents, Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that between March 2014 and December 2018, India's public debt increased by a "whopping and shocking" 57 per cent going up toRs 83,40,026 crore.

"The sensational and shocking documents of the Finance Ministry now reflect that the Modi government has taken loans of Rs 30,28,945 crore post March 2014-Dec 2018. In 70 years, the total debt of the country up to March 2014 was Rs 53,11,081 crore. It is clear that Modi ji took loans on India's resources and completely decimated

India's economy," Surjewala has alleged.

The Congress spokesperson claimed that every individual who is facing a challenge of livelihood has been burdened by the debt taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government due to their "sheer economic mismanagement" and for publicity as well as helping their "crony capitalist friends".

He said 130 crore Indians have been burdened with an additional loan of Rs 23,300 per person in four years and nine months of the Modi government. The per person debt was Rs 40,854 in 70 years up to March 2014, but it has gone up to Rs 64,154 in 57 months of the Modi government.

The Congress spokesperson also termed the Modi government a "habitual offender" in hiding data, saying that it refused to disclose the

extra debt that it took f

rom December 2018 to March 2019.

"We searched through the debt documents and they tell us that there would be an extra debt of Rs 7,16,700 crore that this government would have taken up to March 2019, taking India's debt to over Rs 90,56,000 crore," Surjewala said.

"This is a story of gross economic mismanagement and burdening the entire country. On one hand, the debt is rising and on the other hand, Rs 5,50,000 crore debt burden of its industrialist friends has been written off," he said.

Surjewala also accused the BJP government of making firms such as BSNL, MTNL, HAL, ONGC and SAIL debt-ridden. "Suit-boot government has made the country debt-ridden," he alleged.

"Is it not anti-national to play with India's resources," Surjewala said, adding, "The prime minister is pushing India into an unending debt cycle and is wrecking India's economy by his failed Modinomics."

On the apathy of the farm sector, Surjewala claimed that agricultural growth rate had gone down from 4.2 per cent during the UPA regime to 2.5 per cent under the Narendra Modi government.

"The Modi government would need "20 years" to double the income of farmers, as against the Centre's promise of achieving the feat by 2022," he said, adding, "As per data shared by the Modi government in the Lok Sabha, agricultural growth rate between 2014 and 2018 has gone down to 2.5 per cent. This rate was 4.2 per cent between 2009-14 under the UPA government."

Reacting on Ministry of Home Affairs notice to Rahul Gandhi over his citizenship, Surjewala said that PM Modi wants to divert the attention of the countrymen from real issues like unemployment, farmers' issues.

"Rahul Gandhi is a citizen of India from his birth and he will be the citizen of this country. His family has a history of sacrificing for the nation," said Surjewala.

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