Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power.
“It is an extremely powerful, dynamic, well-thought through idea. We have done all our calculations and will be implementing it,” he said. Mr Gandhi said 25 crore people or five crore families will benefit from the scheme.
Rahul Gandhi said the Congress has studied the fiscal implications of the scheme and consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising the scheme.
“It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea. We have consulted many economists on the scheme,” he said. “People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them,” he added.
A Congress official said any family earning less than Rs 12,000 a month would receive Rs 6,000 every month.
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