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Not a single inch of land, single river has been cleaned : Kurshid

Shillong, Oct 7 (UNI) Veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan saying that not a single inch of land or a single river has been cleaned.
“From my experience in Uttar Pradesh not one single inch of land has been clean, not one drop of water has been clean, not one river has been clean, not one city has been cleaned,” he told reporters here.
Mr Kurshid said that though the intention to clean the country is not a bad thing but the point is how
it is going to cleaned one has to apply the mind.
“Just wielding a broom and sweeping of a road is not cleaning. You have to know where will this garbage go, where is the landfill. Where is modern technology which is going to convert garbage into bricks and modern technology which will happen without fumes coming out to the city. All these things require planning you cannot do it overnight,” he added.
Criticising the way GST has been implemented in the country, Khurshid said that he disapproved of
the frequent changes made in the new tax regime.
He said, the centre was in a hurry to implement GST in the country and therefore the software and the hardware was not ready.
“We didn’t have the capacity for all the kind of filings that had to happen and then they didn’t objectively assess what level of rates has to be applied. My own view about this government is that economics of this government is absolutely zero,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Khurshid also said that the BJP led government in the centre was adopting double standards while dealing with the Rohingya refugee crisis.
“In one case you are giving citizenship and in another you are not even giving temporary place to stay before they can go back when things turn to normal. It is certainly a very narrowminded attitude of the government,” he said.
The Central government’s stand is that ethnic Rohingya who are already in India - around 40,000 - should be deported and others should not be allowed to enter, while on the other hand the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would allow citizenship to undocumented Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi
and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Mr Khurshid said that there is pressure on the country due to overpopulation due to illegal influx and migration by people within the country, stated that there needs to be a balance in which the country can accommodate people who needs help because of humanitarian conditions.
“It seems it is very short sighted that we suddenly we say we can’t take any refugees. The issue of security is understandable. Now security can arise from a person within the country, security can arise from outside the country but for that purpose we must have proper verification, proper surveillance and proper law and order enforcement that is all that is require,” Mr Khurshid said.
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