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Nation-first approach in White Paper: FM

“Under UPA, retail inflation was more than 9% for 22 months, our retail inflation was mostly at 5%, never crossed 8%,” she said. Responding to the FM’s allegations, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the paper was a granary of concoctions and a mountain of lies.

“The purpose of bringing this kind of paper at the end of the session is to tarnish the 10 years of the UPA government. It is an electoral manifesto to win brownie points,” he said.

Listing out various achievements under the UPA rule, Chowdhury said that the UPA introduced the Panchayati Raj, instituted IITs and IIMs, and many other schemes.

Responding to the opposition’s claims on the rising unemployment levels in the country, Sitharaman said that labour markets had witnessed a falling unemployment rate from 5.8% in 2018-19, to 3.2% in 2022-23

“The unemployment rate of graduates has dropped to 13.4%, the decline was sharper for female graduates to 20.5% during this time,” she said.

Hitting out at the government, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said that even BJP MPs do not believe the white paper tabled by the government.

“The BJP has opened an ‘ashram’ to protect all the corrupt people. We waived Rs 70,000 crore loans of farmers and they inducted a person who has allegedly committed Rs 70,000 irrigation scam. BJP is using ED as a weapon to shut Opposition voices and allow them to join BJP,” said Gogoi.

Lok Sabha to discuss Ram temple today

The Lok Sabha will have a discussion on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya on Saturday, the last day of the Budget session of Parliament. Senior BJP leader Satyapal Singh will initiate the discussion, according to a Lok Sabha Secretariat bulletin.

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