Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi was in the headlines once again for his yet another big promise. Earlier, he announced that the party would distribute minimum income to the poorest families across the nation and now he has promised to conduct a surgical strike on poverty and stressed on the fact that his party had been working really hard on how to eliminate it for the last six months.
Rahul Gandhi announced a minimum income guarantee scheme ‘Nyay’ which will help 20% of the poorest families if voted to power. The scheme aims to provide ₹72,000 annually to 20% of the poorest families across the nation, which is likely to benefit at least 5 crore families.
“We will eradicate poverty in the country. This is a ‘dhamaka’. No country has done this in history. There should not be a single poor person in the country,” the Congress chief said.
He also highlighted that his party would work to reduce unemployment if they are voted to power “If Modi gives money to the rich, the Congress will give money to the poor,” Gandhi said.
Alleging that Modi had helped those who had black money, the Congress president said those lifted from poverty by the UPA government had again been made poor in the last five years. According to him, 14 crore people were lifted from poverty by the UPA government.
“It is a shame that there are still 25 crore poor people in the country. You will get the right price for your labour and product,” he told the gathering.
It should be noted that UPA government had launched schemes over 10 years but Modi terminated them all, Rahul Gandhi said, adding that the prime minister had failed to understand the MGNREGA job scheme.
(Originally published by TOI)