We need FDI, say Congress ministers
At a workshop organised by the All India Congress Committee and hosted by the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee at the New Zealand Hostel in Aarey Colony on Saturday, Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Salman Khurshid and K Rahman Khan asked party men from the state to create awareness among people about the development programmes and efforts made by the United Progressive Alliance at the centre to improve the national economy
Addressing the party MPs, ministers, legislators, district Congress chiefs and MPCC office bearers, the ministers explained the circumstances under which the decision to allow FDI in retail was taken. “We need foreign currency. We do not have sufficient reserves at the moment,” they said.
Today our imports exceed our exports and the government is spending large amounts on crude oil and LPG, the party men were told. They added that in 1991, the government had to pledge gold stocks to borrow foreign currency to meet its requirements, and they did not want to repeat such a situation. To dispel apprehensions and doubts among the people, you should take the government programmes and policies to people to educate them, said the ministers.
They added that opposition parties have been misguiding people over 2G and other issues. Media reports too have been propagating the wrong idea among people. The country requires some bold decisions and Congress workers can create awareness about these issues at the grassroot level, the ministers said. Chief Minster Prithviraj Chavan and his cabinet colleagues were also present during the meeting, which is one in a series of initiatives undertaken by the Congress across the nation, following party chief Sonia Gandhi’s instructions.