New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram gave zero marks to the Narendra Modi government on the issue of job creation, faulted it for not carrying out major reforms despite adequate numbers in the Lok Sabha and spoke of worrying signs in the economy.
The senior Congress leader also took a jibe at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, saying tax terrorism coined by him has "come to haunt him" now in the backdrop of tax notices to FIIs regarding Minimum Alternate Tax.
Seeking to puncture the celebratory mood of the Narendra Modi dispensation over completing one year in office, Chidambaram suggested that the tenure so far was a missed opportunity as it failed to carry out reforms despite the ruling BJP securing majority on its own.
"Why did you put Direct Taxes Code on the backburner. Why did you ditch the Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA), why are you not implementing the legislative proposals of Financial Sector Legislation Reforms Commission. These are completely puzzling. These are absolutely necessary. Why have all of these been put on the backburner when you have 282 members in the Lok Sabha", he said yesterday.
He warned that investors will not come if growth in credit and demand do not pick up and private projects remained stalled.
Expressing his concern over the state of the economy, he said : "When the credit growth is lowest in many years, when aggregate demand is sluggish, when 585 private sector projects are stalled, How will an investor come in?...."
"I do not see any creation of jobs....What has one year brought in terms of jobs. In terms of jobs, I will give this government zero", he said adding farmers in general and agricultutre experts like Ashok Gulati too would give this government a zero rating.
Taking a dig, he said "but if you will ask a big industalist who was promised Rs 5,000 crore from State Bank of India, he will of course give 10 out of 10".