Roing: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) has expressed concern over price rise, GST, unemployment and divisive policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
Taking part in the nationwide ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ (Uniting India rally) here on Thursday, APYC president Tarh Johny, while invalidating the claims of all round development by the BJP ministers Arunachal said that “the tall claims of double-engine government providing benefits to people at the grassroot level are merely in speech and are not based on facts.”
Johny said in the last 8 years, the state hasn’t received any special package from the centre.
Whatever they are claiming as development packages are gifts from the previous Congress government, he said.
On the steep rise in prices of essential commodities the country is facing at the moment, Johny said the prices of essential commodities have risen drastically to 70 percent to more than 100 percent with a span of eight years of the NDA government coming to power.
He said people across the country are facing untold miseries for survival.
Terming imposition of Good and Services Tax as the root cause of price rise, Johny said the GST has been imposed to fill the pockets of few millionaires.
The combination of price rise and GST has brought the economic status of upper middle class to lower and lower to worst status, he said.
On unemployment rate, the APYC said the youth of the country are paralyzed due to high and chronic unemployment.
The society will be healthy when youths are strong and are engaged in gainful employment, Jhony said.
He said under the BJP-led NDA government the unemployment rate in the country has reached its worst stage.
In 2022, the unemployment rate is 7.6% from 3.6% in 2014, he added.
The APYC president also condemned the government for promising 2 crore jobs every year, claiming that it has remained a lip service.
“When not even 2 lakh jobs are provided, 16 crore jobs in 8 years is out of question,” he said.
He accused the government of ruining the youths with their false promises.
Time has come, especially for the youths to change their mindset in the coming elections to bring to an end the draconian policies of the central government, he said.
Meanwhile, the City Congress Committee and Block Congress Committees of 13-Itanagar and 14-Doimukh also organized a padyatra from the Indira Gandhi Bhawan in Naharlagun to Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here.
The rally which was also organized as a part of the Bharat Jodo Yatra was flagged-off by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Lombo Tayeng.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and former chief minister Nabam Tuki also flagged off a padyatra from the De-Dolo Bridge Point to Sagalee Town in Papum Pare district which was organized by the 15-Sagalee Block Congress Committee.
Similar rallies were also organized by the Congress in the Kra Daadi, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Siang, East Kameng and Pakke-Kessang districts.
On the Bharat Jodo Yatra, the APCC said they are organizing Padyatras in the state in solidarity to the Congress’ 3500-km foot march from KanyaKumari to Kashmir.
According to the party, the rally is a “gigantic national endeavour to provide an alternative to the politics of fear, bigotry and prejudice and to the economics of livelihood destruction, increasing unemployment and growing inequalities.”
The Yatra is a war against price rise, GST, unemployment, false promises and misrule of the central government, the party said.