Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs has come out with Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline that solicits private sector investment in several Government sectors. This news of privatization of Government sectors have has created a commotion among people. Nirmala Sitharaman has said that this opening will help in developing the infrastructure of the nation.
Several infrastructure units of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Railways, Airport Authority of India (AAI), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL), sports stadium, oil and gas pipelines of GAIL Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL)and state-run energy firms are opened for private investments. The generated funds will be used for the creation of further infrastructure plans.
Rahul Gandhi has opposed this proposal of the Government. Nirmala Sitharaman in a session on Tuesday has confounded against Rahul Gandhi’s claim. Blame on Congress was also made. She has asked, “Does he (Rahul Gandhi), understand what monetization is? It was Congress that sold country’s resources made kickbacks in it”.
This proclamation of Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline proposal has opened up to thousands of people to share their discontent. With this regard, the highly dissatisfied people online have mocked this plan as India is displayed for sales. The hashtag, #IndiaOnSale is trending on Twitter with trolls and comments. Also, Nirmala Sithraman is described as the saleswoman in several tweets. Many memes have sarcastically compared the Government to OLX, Malls, and shops selling India.