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Sidhu, Pitroda attack Modi over policy failure

New Delhi: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sam Pitroda, the Indian Overseas Congress chief, on Monday, attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government over what he called were their "failed policies".

While addressing reporters at a press conference, Sidhu claimed that most of the central government's schemes have failed to attract success and have been a failure.

Sidhu alleged that schemes like MUDRA have been unable to help the youth as the average loan sanctioned in the scheme was only Rs 46,000. According to him, an RTI information had revealed that barely 1 per cent of applicants were able to receive loan above Rs 5 lakh.

"Mudra yojana, which Modiji claims has helped the youth to set up businesses, has been a big failure as only 1 per cent of the applications could receive loans above Rs 5 lakh. The average loan amount has also been very low," said Sidhu.

The Skill India, which Modi promoted, had almost 40 per cent ghost entries, he said, adding that the central government could not manage to fulfil the target of 40 crore trainees by 2020 and had only been able to train 41 lakh people out of which only 6 lakh had got jobs.

"We believe that 40 per cent of the entries in these centres were ghost (entries) and this requires an investigation," he said.

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