Congress promises Rs 6,000/pm for 5 cr poor families

March 25, 2019
NEW DELHI: Calling it as the final assault on poverty, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that his party is making an electoral promise of Rs 72,000 per year to 5 crore poor families in India. Five crore poor families ie 25 crore poor people will benefit, he said.

After a meeting of the party's working committee, Rahul Gandhi addressed the media and made the announcement: "20 per cent of the poorest families will be given an income support of Rs 72,000 every year. All modalities have been worked out and this is possible within our budget. We have studied fiscal implications of the scheme."

Rahul Gandhi said the Nyunatam Aay Yojana, or NYAY (meaning justice), as he called it, is aimed at covering close to 25 crore poor citizens. He said the Congress has studied the fiscal implications and consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising the scheme.

The proposal would cost the exchequer Rs 3.6 lakh crore per annum.

"The final assault on poverty has begun, we will wipe out poverty from the country," Rahul declared emphatically.

The money will be transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries, he added.

"Five crore families and 25 crore members of these families will directly benefit from the scheme. We will end poverty in this country," he said.

"It is an extremely powerful, dynamic, well-thought through idea. We have done all our calculations and will be implementing it," Rahul said.

Explaining the scheme, Congress leader Rajeev Gowda tweeted: “The poorest 20 percent of India's families have an average income of Rs 6,000 per month. NYAY will provide them an unconditional transfer of Rs 6,000 per month totalling to Rs 72,000 per year.”

This will be a Federal scheme with States' participation and will be rolled out in phases.

Top leaders of the party had met in the morning to give the final shape to the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha election starting on April 11. The meeting of the CWC, the highest decision-making body of the party, was chaired by Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress has been batting for a minimum income guarantee scheme assuring a minimum income to the poor people as being the responsibility of a welfare-oriented State to ensure that nobody goes without food in the country.

The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 and the results will be announced on May 23.

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