If Modi Can Give Money to Richest People in India, Congress Can Give to the Poorest: Rahul Gandhi Announces NYAY Scheme
Under the scheme, 20% of the poorest families will be given Rs 72,000 per year directly in their bank accounts.
During a media briefing in New Delhi on March 25, Congress president Rahul Gandhi elaborated on the party’s election promises. He provided details of the Congress’ proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana or NYAY (Justice) scheme. He said that the scheme would be implemented in a phased manner. Here are key quotes from the press conference:
– In the last five years, Indians, especially the poor, have had to face extreme hardship. Hence, the Congress has decided to provide NYAY, Nyuntam Aay Yojana (minimum income guarantee scheme).
– Wherever I go, people ask me, what is the minimum line for income. To them, I want to say, this line is Rs 12,000 per month.
– The final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country.
– It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and a well-thought-through idea. We have consulted many economists on the scheme.
– In a year, 20 per cent of the poorest families — irrespective of caste, religion and language — will be given Rs 72,000 per year directly in their bank accounts.
– If Narendra Modi ji can give money to the richest people in India, Congress party can give to the poorest in the country.
– People have suffered in the last five years, and we are going to give justice to them.
– Remember, in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, I had promised that within 10 days (of forming the government), loans (of farmers) would be waived. Today, I’m promising that NYAY would be delivered to the poorest 20 per cent.