Taking note of a special report carried by Janta Ka Reporter, Congress party on Wednesday hit out at the Centre’s BJP government alleging that it had rehashed, repackaged and renamed 23 schemes which were launched by previous Congress.
In a special press conference, Congress MP, Rajeev Shukla said that the saffron party was ‘trying to mislead the nation.’
He said, “Recently, a set of senior political advisors to the BJP during the 2014 election campaign have made a startling and astounding revelation. They have accepted the stark truth that as many as 23 schemes started earlier by previous Congress governments have been rehashed, repackaged and renamed by the present Modi government.”
He went on to add, “In June this year, when the Congress party listed these 23 schemes, the BJP government refused to accept this and thereby misled the nation.”
He said the BJP inherited the 23 schemes on a platter – which were already at various stages of implementation, and “now they have completely failed”.
“Whether it is ‘Make in India’ or ‘Skill India’, whether it building affordable housing for poor or whether it is distributing Soil Health Cards to farmers, BJP’s glaring failures are completely evident.”
“No wonder, the present Modi government has brought the country to a grave economic situation,” he was quoted by IANS.
Some of the schemes the Congress party alleged were renamed are: Indira Awaas Yojana now renamed as Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, Rajiv Awaas Yojana now renamed as Sardar Patel National Urban Housing Mission, No Frills Account now called Jan Dhan Yojana, National Manufacturing Policy now called as ‘Make in India’, National Skill Development Mission now renamed as ‘Skill India’, National Girl Child Day Programme now called ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission now renamed as AMRUT, Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana now called Deen Dayal Updadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana.
On 19 September, we had exclusively reported how two senior strategists associated with the BJP had finally conceded that Modi indeed renamed the old UPA schemes and re-launched them amidst huge publicity as new schemes.
Writing for Janta Ka Reporter, Ravi Nair argued that the problem was never with changing the names, but launching them as new projects and Modi taking credit primarily to score cheap political points.
Nair then also went on to draw a parallel between how those schemes performed under the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh and the current Modi government. A simple comparison of government data showed that while the schemes were a huge success, they acquired plenty of media publicity under the Modi government without any tangible success.
We will be publishing the second part of Ravi Nair’s special report on repackaging of old UPA schemes shortly.