In a scathing attack on the Modi government, Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has expressed unhappiness over the government move of freezing of dearness allowance, asserting that it was not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on government servants and armed forces personnel.
The finance ministry , as reported by PTI, had froze inflation-linked allowance for 50 lakh central government employees and 61 lakh pensioners till June 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, DA and dearness relief (DR) at current rates will continue to be paid, it said.
“We should be on the side of people whose dearness allowance is being cut. I sincerely believe it is not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on government servants and also on the armed forces people,” Singh said during the Congress’s consultative group meeting whose video was released by the party on Saturday.
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also slammed the government over the issue, saying the problem was with the government’s going ahead with the central vista redevelopment project.
“You are taking away money from the middle class, you are not giving money to the poor people and you are spending it on your central vista,” Gandhi told the meeting.
Senior Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said, “When you (government) have not cut back expenditure on the bullet train, central vista development, those are the programmes which should be first put on halt before you halt people’s dearness allowance.”