The Congress MP said that the matter came to light after the Union Minister Piyush Goyal, responded to a question in the Lok Sabha...
Digital Desk: Assam's Member of Parliament (MP) and Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi, wrote to Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday to request his intervention regarding a Central government subsidy of Rs 10 crore allocated to a firm owned by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma in the interest of public transparency.
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, the Congress MP said that the matter came to light after the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, responded to a question in the Lok Sabha asking whether the Government has taken the initiative to invest in Assam to support the promotion of industries by providing a list of food processing projects supported under component of PMKSY in the Northeastern States as of January 21, 2022.
The letter added that it was discovered that M/S Pride East Entertainments Private Limited's name appeared on the list at serial number 7, along with an approved amount (Grand-in-aid) of Rs 10 crore.
On the other hand, Assam's chief minister wrote on X that "Yes, all family members of BJP politicians have the right to run their own companies and seek government subsidies if they are entitled to them."
Additionally, according to the letter to PM Modi, these companies should look for credit from banks or the financial sector, and grants from the government should go to deserving individuals who have proven their ability to use taxpayer money wisely.