Rahul's minimum income scheme a 'bluff': Jaitley

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2019

However, he subsequently clarified that the scheme will supplement the income of the poor if it is less than Rs 12,000 per month.

Two weeks before Lok Sabha Elections 2019 kicks off, the Congress on Monday promised minimum income guarantee of ₹6,000 per month to 50 million "poor" families if voted to power. Contrasting "NYAY" with Modi regime's recent scheme of Rs 6,000 annually to a farming family, Rahul said, "He gives farmers meagre "three rupees and fifty paise" and gives crores to people with private jets".

Instead of getting appreciated for his latest announcement, social media trolled him brutally for his Mathematical calculations and called him duffer.

Rahul Gandhi said, "The time for change has come", adding, "The final assault on poverty has begun". Share your comments on our Facebook page.

"It is on this day that the Congress Party launched its final assault on poverty".

Taking a dig at the Congress, he said it had opposed the law to enable Aadhaar for direct benefit transfer to the poor but Gandhi was now talking about transferring money to them through the same process.

Later, a Congress official stated that the benchmark of being poor is any family, earning less than Rs 12,000 per month.

He said the scheme was "unprecedented in the world".

"This is not note bandi or demonetisation but "remonetising" the economy or note wapsi that will have a tremendous impact on revenue", said Praveen Chakravarty, who heads the Congress' Data Analytics wing that collected the numbers on household incomes. "We have consulted many economists on the scheme", he added. The Congress also held detailed analysis with leading economists on the matter.

After the CWC discussed "NYAY" along with the upcoming election manifesto, Rahul addressed a press conference where he used the scheme to paint PM Narendra Modi-led BJP as "anti-poor".

Accusing the Opposition of sabotaging the pro-poor initiatives of the NDA government, Jaitley said "if the Congress party and its friends have so much concern for the poor in India, why is it that its states are going slow in certifying the list of small and marginal farmers who are entitled to receiving the instalment of PM KISAN?"

"You are being misled". The politics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made two Indias, one is for the poor and the second for the rich. "Our pockets are being cut daily", he said. "We will wipe out poverty from the country". "It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought-through idea".

Guy Standing, a significant UBI advocate, said in January that he believed Congress's variation was a good first step towards a universal scheme.

The Congress President was addressing the media after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee.

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