After participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Raghuram Rajan had a frank discussion with Rahul Gandhi, where he spoke about India’s economy, unemployment, farmers’ issues and more.
New Delhi,Updated: December 14, 2022 23:15 IS
Rahul Gandhi had a frank discussion with former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. (Image: Videograb/YouTube)
Web Desk in India Today: Hours later Going on Bharat Jodo Yatra with Rahul Gandhi; Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan on Wednesday sat down to a candid discussion with the former Congress leader and spoke at length about India’s economy, unemployment, farmers’ issues and more.
Rajan said it is a big problem when four or five businessmen are getting rich and the rest of the country is being asked to stay on the back foot. Not only about four or five industrialists, even the income of the upper middle class has risen in the country and they did not need to go to the office during the epidemic. But the poor had to go to the factories and they did when the factories closed. They don’t get their salary,” he said.
“Extremely poor people get a lot of benefits from the government and the upper class was not affected by the epidemic, the lower middle class is the biggest problem. They are out of work, unemployment is increasing and so are theirs. Debts are increasing. We need to come up with policies to benefit the lower middle class,” he said. A former RBI governor said.
In the discussion, Rahul Gandhi complained that many farmers complained about the government’s policy and the price of foodgrains was reduced drastically when their crops were ready. Responding to this, Raghuram Rajan said, “We say we are for the farmers, but the export and import policies are for the middle class living in urban India.”
“For example, if the price of onion goes up, we will import it, but the price for farmers will come down. I think there should be stable import and export policies, we should not export as much as it is against the farmers of the country,” said Rajan.
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Talking about the issue of unemployment, Raghuram Rajan said that unemployment is a major issue that the country is currently facing. The main reason is that people only want government jobs because they have social security. They prepare for years, appear for the exam and only a few are selected. That’s why I think we need to develop the private sector and bring technology if we can. into agriculture and then has the potential to generate employment, said the former RBI governor.
Rajan had joined Rahul Gandhi during the Congress-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Rajasthan. Soon after pictures of Rahul Gandhi with Rajan surfaced on social media, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took a swipe at the former RBI governor and said his comments on the Indian economy were “colorful and opportunistic” and should be “discarded”. “.