Rs 72,000/ year: Rahul Gandhi promises minimum income guarantee if Congress voted to power at Centre

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today announced his major poll promise of income guarantee to the poor. He promised to give Rs 72,000 every year to 20 per cent of the poorest families if his party voted to power in the forthcoming polls.

“We will do justice by the poor people of the country through the Minimum Income Guarantee scheme. Congress party guarantees that 20% of the families below poverty line will get Rs 72000 annually,” Rahul Gandhi said in a press conference after the party’s working committee meeting today.

He added,”All calculations have been done. Minimum Income Line will be Rs 12000. If your income is below the mark then we will help you get there. This will be a fiscally prudent scheme.” He further claimed that five crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from the secheme. “There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world. It is an extremely powerful, extremely dynamic, extremely well-thought idea,” he asserted.

Rahul claimed that five crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from the secheme. “There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world. It is an extremely powerful, extremely dynamic, extremely well-thought idea,” he asserted. The announcement comes after Congress’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting at party headquarters at Akbar Road. The CWC –  the highest decision-making body of the party met for the second time in less than two weeks.

Earlier, in the interim budget this year, Narendra Modi-led Centre had announced PM-Kisan Scheme and promised to provide Rs 6,000 per year in three instalments  to small and marginal farmers across the country having cultivable land up to two hectares.

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