Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced the details of his party’s minimum income promise. He said that India’s 20 percent of the poorest families will be given Rs 72,000 each year as minimum income if Congress comes to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Five crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from the scheme, Gandhi added while promising to eradicate poverty from the country. “Final assault on poverty has begun,” he said.
Gandhi called it an “extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea”, according to PTI. He said the Congress has studied the fiscal implications of the scheme and consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising the scheme.
“People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them,” the Congress president added. The scheme, he said, is called ‘NYAY’.
He had first announced the scheme in January this year and called it a “historic” decision.
(With PTI inputs)