If the Congress party is voted to power in the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Polls, party president Rahul Gandhi has made a promise.
The party promises to give Rs 72,000 per annum to 20% of India’s most poor families under the minimum basic income guarantee scheme if the Congress comes to power after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The scheme will benefit 5 crore families and 25 crore individuals directly.
“After doing all the calculations several times, we have found that this scheme is fiscally possible,” Gandhi said while addressing a press conference . “There is no such scheme anywhere else in the world. We will eradicate poverty.
He also 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.