PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary
PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary

Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, the Congress chief has made a big poll promise that he described as a “groundbreaking” measure to end poverty, Rahul Gandhi on Monday said 20 percent families in poorest of the poor category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as a minimum income.

Making the announcement at a press conference here, Gandhi said, “The time for change has come”. “The final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country,” he said. “I promise that there will be justice for the poor. The Congress guarantees that 20 percent families belonging to poorest of the poor category in India will be given Rs 72,000 each annually,” he said.

What is Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income guarantee scheme?

  • 20 percent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income.
  • The scheme will be called “Nyoontama Aay Yojana, or NYAY”. The name means “minimum income scheme” in Hindi, while the acronym means “justice”.
  • Five crore families and 25 crore individuals will directly benefit from the scheme.
  • Minimum income line is Rs 12,000 per annum and the scheme will benefit individuals earning less than that.
  • The amount will be transferred directly to the accounts of 20 percent of the poorest families.
  • The scheme will supplement the income of the poor if it is less than Rs 12,000 per month.
  • “The minimum income line is Rs 12,000 per month. Whatever the difference — say the income is Rs 6,000 — we will top it up. Those who earn less than Rs 12,000, we will take their earnings to Rs 12,000,” Gandhi said during a press conference.
  • The scheme was “fiscally perfectly possible” and the entire calculations have been already done, Rahul Gandhi.

(Inputs from Agencies)

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