The announcement of the governor of the province of Buenos Aires (PBA), Axel Kicillof, about him financing from free graduate trips for 220,000 young people generated a strong reaction from the candidate for national deputy in that district of Together for Change (JxC), Diego Santilli. The reply of the former vice-chief of the Buenos Aires Government did not last long and cost him dearly, because it was questioned by the Minister of Production, Science and Technological Innovation of the Province of Buenos Aires, Augusto Costa. “I do not get out of my astonishment at the inexplicable indignation,” said the Buenos Aires minister.
“We are seeing in these weeks a terrible spectacle (…) Now they give away trips for graduates,” said Santilli about the announcement of the Buenos Aires governor and explained what could be done with the investment of those trips for graduates: “With that money you could buy 150 a thousand computers so that our young people can study. 28 secondary schools can be made. What are we talking about? Are we talking about building a better future or influencing the vote by mortgaging our future? ” “Your sudden concern for education amazes me,” Costa replied.
“The opposition claims that only students who can afford a graduate trip have the right to know other places, landscapes, realities and share unique experiences at the end of the school year. Nothing new for those who always defended privilege. At the same time, they question initiatives aimed at promoting the reactivation of tourism, one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic. Clearly they do not care about the people nor do they care about those who have been having a bad time and need a present State to get ahead, ”said the Buenos Aires minister.
“Although Diego Santilli is scared, we need the tourist season to be extended as long as possible to recover what was lost by the pandemic. That is why the Province will finance a basic travel package for graduates between February and April 2022. This is not synonymous with ‘giving away money’. The money that is allocated will go to hotels, transport companies, gastronomy, student guides, businesses and travel agencies that did not work for months or did so under limited conditions. In other words, these are resources destined for sectors that had a very bad time. And behind these activities there are workers and families who will be able to improve their income, ”Costa continued in an extensive post he made on his Twitter account.
“It would be good if, instead of being outraged, Diego Santilli reminds us what the Buenos Aires government did to reactivate the economy in general and tourism in particular. And if you are so concerned about education and how many computers could be purchased with the resources allocated to these policies, why don’t you explain to us the reasons why the educational budget in CABA decreases year after year or why they discontinued the Conectar Igualdad Plan. While the opposition says no to everything and tries to get political profit from the pandemic, we are working to move the province and the country forward after the disaster that they left us, ”concluded Augusto Costa.