Absolutely unfair to say that the government opposes criticism: Sitharaman

New Delhi, December 2 () Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Monday that criticism that the government is not willing to listen is absolutely unfair and stressed that she travels the country and talks to people.

His comments on the Lok Sabha are the backdrop for comments by the industrialist Rahul Bajaj that there was an atmosphere of fear and that people were afraid to criticize the government.

We accept your criticism, many of them on my social networks, they call me. I have no problems with that. They are affected. They feel that more needs to be done and, therefore, they express their concerns, he said.

According to the minister, the industry leaders approach her and she also travels the country talking to them.

... saying that the government is not willing to listen to criticism is unfair. Absolutely unfair, because we do hear criticism. We accept criticism, respond to criticism and, therefore, the Minister of the Interior responds to the very imminent senior senior citizens, industrialists, we listen and respond, said the minister.

While he noted that his tweet about Bajaj's comment was nuanced and was misrepresented by the media, he said that if someone does not ask the government and disseminate their own impression, it will not be of national interest.

The minister also tried to end the controversy over his comments that the slowdown in the automotive sector was due to many factors, such as the change of mentality of millennials, who now prefer taxi aggregators such as OLA and UBER instead of Commit to monthly installments to have a car.

She said her observations were based on a study conducted by the Reserve Bank of India.

In fact, a leading industrialist had also made similar observations two years ago, the minister said without naming the business leader.

Sitharaman had previously responded to Bajaj's statement that India Inc was afraid to criticize the government of Narendra Modi, saying that spreading the impression itself can damage the national interest, a comment that caused strong reactions in social networks. At the ET Awards event of The Economic Times in Mumbai on Saturday night, Bajaj, president of the Bajaj Group, had told Sitharaman, the Interior Minister, Amit Shah, and the Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal, that people He is afraid to criticize the policies of the BJP government and added that not one in the business community would talk about this issue. DP NKD CS MKJ