New Delhi: No sooner had Congress President Rahul Gandhi announced Rs 72,000 per annum to 20% of the poorest families in the country if it was voted to power than there were voices from different quarters saying how it was not feasible. Also Read - India Has Crossed COVID-19 Peak, Virus Can be Contained by Feb 2021, Says Govt Panel; 2nd Wave Feared in Winters
First Union Minister Arun Jaitley posted a blog on how the promise if fulfilled, would still translate into just 2/3rds of what the Centre was already doing for the public. Then, Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar took to Twitter to deride the Congress for the scheme. Also Read - 50 Stations, 151 Trains: How Privatisation of Indian Railways Will Bring in 'Modern' Change
He tweeted, “True to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress President announces a scheme that will bust fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented.” Also Read - India Must Convert COVID-19 Crisis Into Opportunity: Niti Aayog CEO
He explained it thus: he said that the cost of the Minimum Income Guarantee scheme at 2% of GDP and 13% of the budget will ensure that “the real needs of people remain unsatisfied”.
He added that the grand old party made many promises over the years but never fulfilled them. He said that in 1971, the Congress made the promise of ‘Garibi Hatao’, then in 2008, it promised One Rank One Position and in 2013, it promised Food Security but didn’t see any of those to fruition. “The same unfortunate fate awaits the populist and opportunistic promise of #MinimumIncomeGuarantee,” he tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Rahul had said, “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 the poverty line will get Rs 72,000 annually.”
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. If Narendra Modi can give money to the rich, Congress party will give the money to the poor.”