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The Congress has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 16-minute address to the nation, here on Tuesday, disappointing and disturbing as he didn’t spell out the plans to tackle China and coronavirus.

The Prime Minister announced an extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till November 20.

In a statement, Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said, “When China is extremely violent, the Prime Minister is silent. It’s not time to make empty claims, but give dateline when China will be evicted.”

The Prime Minister should have told the nation when the country would come down from fourth place on the Covid-19 table, and when Rs 7,500 cash transfer would be made to each Jandhan account.

In a tweet, the Congress said, “India deserves a leader who accepts failures & is open to making improvements. Not one who only believes in ignoring problems and avoids talking about them completely.”

The Prime Minister said keeping the needs people in mind the PMGKAY had been extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja. “The scheme will be extended till the end of November,” he said.

Modi said more than Rs 90,000 crore would be spent on the extension of the scheme and around 80 crore people would be provided free ration — five kg wheat or 5 kg rice. Each family would also be provided one kg gram under the scheme every month, he added.

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