India's opposition Congress promises dole for poorest families ahead of election

Leroy Wright
March 26, 2019

The Congress Party leader, broadly seen as trailing the incumbent Narendra Modi in the race for top office, described the scheme to pay 50 million Indians a guaranteed basic income of $1,000 a year as the largest of its kind on Earth.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has promised to give Rs 72,000 per annum to 20 per cent of India's poorest families if Congress comes to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the media in the national capital, Gandhi assured to provide the benefit to five crore families and 25 crore people under the "historic scheme" with an aim to "wipe out poverty from the country".

Instead of getting appreciated for his latest announcement, social media trolled him brutally for his Mathematical calculations and called him duffer.

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Jaitley also took a jibe at former prime minister Indira Gandhi and her son former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi saying that the party and the Gandhi family, "since "Garibi Hatao" slogan was given, has ruled India for more than two-thirds of that period". "Besides subsidies for food, fertilizer, kerosene, 55 ministries handed over subsidies to the poor through the DBT, which was enabled by Aadhaar". "The final assault on poverty has begun".

"The minimum income line is Rs 12,000 per month".

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Any family earning less than 12,000 rupees a month would receive 6,000 rupees every month in its bank account, said Praveen Chakravarty, the head of Congress's data analytics department.

It seems that Congress has consulted several economists and financial experts before announcing this mega-scheme of offering minimum income guarantee.

Congress leaders declined to respond to queries about how the scheme would be funded or how people would qualify for it in a country with a vast informal economy, where precise incomes could be hard to calculate.

The Congress' scheme, Jaitley added, is an admission "that neither Indiraji nor her son and certainly not the UPA Government controlled by her descendants, was able to remove poverty". I'll campaign everywhere in the state.

"People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them", he added.

Kumar added: "Congress party promised #GaribiHatao in 1971, #OROP in 2008, #FoodSecurity in 2013 to win elections, but couldn't fulfill any of those".

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