Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of Rs 20 lakh crore economic package amid the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today in her first series of press briefing explained how the package will build an 'aatmanirbhar bharat' and was realised after long deliberations with all sections of the society.
After defining 'aatmanirbhar bharat' in four Aouth Indian languages, Telegu, Kannada, Malalayalam and Tamil, the minister went on to brief the financial action plan in English, while the same was being translated in Hindi by Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Thakur in intervals.
Thakur's briefings on the economic state of the country reminded people about his earlier statement in March, when he had claimed that the pandemic will not have any "adverse effect" on the Indian economy.
"As is true for the world at large, India's near-term macroeconomic outlook also vulnerable to disruption of trade with China and 2nd-round effects arising from an expected slowdown in global growth. However, the latest available data on trade and indicators of domestic output doesn't suggest any adverse impact on the economy," he had said at the time, according to reports.
As the minister shared the stage with Union Minister Sitharaman to discuss ways to breathe life into the distresses economy, many on Twitter reminded Thakur of his previous statements as contrary to him assisting the Finance Minister to explain the economic package needed in a post-lockdown country.
Yeh Anurag Thakur wahi hai jisne bola tha CORONA will not create any impact on India’s economy Just 2 months back.... ♂️— Arun Arora (@Arun2981) May 13, 2020
Few days back Anurag Thakur said that Covid-19 won't impact Indian Economy.Today he is announcing the package to revive Economy which suffered due to Coronavirus.— आत्मनिर्भर Nimmo Tai (@vishj05) May 13, 2020
You mean this Thakur ?“No adverse impact on economy due to COVID-19: Anurag Thakur”— kukki44 ( انجنا ملھوترا ) (@kukk44) May 13, 2020