New Delhi, News24 Bureau, March 25: In the election year, when you think that the fortunes of a party are dwindling comes a master-stroke. And this is certainly true when Congress President Rahul Gandhi came forward with this Congress master-stroke for the poor. This is called astute political sense from one of India's oldest political parties which have been in power for a maximum year. But will the poor of India be lured by this bait?
Congress president Rahul Gandhi made a 'Dhamaka' promise to the poor of the country when he announced to give Rs 72,000 per annum to 20% of India's most poor families under the minimum basic income guarantee scheme if the Congress comes to power after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The scheme will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore individuals directly.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said nearly 25 crore poor people in the country will get financial assistance of Rs 72,000 per annum if the party is voted to power.
Announcing the details of the party's promised Minimum Income Guarantee scheme, Nyay, Gandhi said it will provide Rs 72,000 per annum to 20 per cent of the poorest families in the country.
Addressing the media here after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, Gandhi said the scheme will be the "final assault on poverty".
Nyay, a major promise of the Congress ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, is economically feasible, he added, as he refused to take any question other than the scheme.
He said the scheme will supplement the income of those earning Rs 12,000 per month.
"The minimum income line is Rs 12,000. Those who have income less than Rs 12,000 we will top up (their income)," he said.
Rahul Gandhi later tweeted:
"After doing all the calculations several times, we have found that this scheme is fiscally possible," Gandhi said while addressing a press conference today. "There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world. We will eradicate poverty. This is the final assault on poverty," Rahul said.
This comes as a real 'Dhamaka' from Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The Congress president has assured the Minimum Income Scheme for the poor in India. If Congress has its ways, there will be no poor in India. Rahul said that all calculations are in place and this scheme is one of the finest for the poor in India. The Congress President also said that this is not mere rhetoric but has a solid fool-proof plan.