Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls Congress President Rahul Gandhi in its manifesto has promised to pay Rs 72,000 income support annually to the 20 percent of the poorest families of the country.
Congress chief said that the amount will be directly transferred to the account of the poor people. While speaking to the media in the national capital, Rahul said “20 per cent of the poorest families will be given an income support of Rs 72,000 every year. All modalities have been worked out and this is possible within our budget. We have studied fiscal implications of the scheme.”
Five crore families and 25 crore members of these families will directly benefit from the scheme. This scheme is believed to be the game-changer manifesto of the grand old party. Congress’s manifesto committee headed by the former finance minister P Chidamabaram has been working on finalizing the party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections for the past several months.
While addressing the media, Congress President refused to tell more about the scheme and said that Chidambaram and other members of the manifesto committee will give the details of the minimum income support price.
Earlier today, senior Congress leaders met to discuss and give a final touch to the party’s manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections which are scheduled to be held in seven-phase starting from April 11 and will end on May 19, while the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
The decision was publicly announced after the CWC (party’s highest decision making body) approved it. “Scheme will be implemented in phases. The fiscal repercussions have been analysed. If PM Modi can give ₹3,50,000 Cr to India’s richest, then we do the same for India’s poorest families”, Rahul Gandhi said.
“14 crore people were lifted out of poverty under MNREGA scheme. This scheme will lift 25 crore people out of poverty”, he added.