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CEA has been a good doctor, NDA government has been a terrible patient: P Chidambaram

SNS | New Delhi |

Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram took a fresh dig at the NDA government talking about the Budget 2018 presented by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1.

In a series of tweets, the member of Rajya Sabha said that the Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has been a good doctor since his appointment as the CEA in October 2014. But, the NDA government has been a terrible patient.

Laying out the difference between the Economic Survey and the Budget, here is what the Congress leader tweeted:

“I regarded the CEA as the doctor-in-residence to check his patient’s health every day and, in case the patient fell ill, to prescribe the course of treatment and the medicines. A bad patient will not take the  medicines, and make his own diagnosis and prescription.”

“The Budget was the occasion to outline the reforms and set a schedule. Instead, what we got was Elizabethan prose about “an ambitious reform  agenda under the rubric of an Enhanced Access and Service Excellence  (EASE) programme.”

“A modest rise in exports in recent months may have made the government complacent. There are no grounds for complacency because merchandise exports have barely come back to the level of a few years ago”