Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 minimum income scheme has evoked a big response in Congress-ruled Punjab where the party returned to power on the basis of loan waiver and other populist schemes. Congress leaders claimed that the NYAY scheme will empower women and strengthen the income of the poor.
Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said that the country’s poor cannot contribute to the nation as their primary job is to earn their livelihood.
“Rahul Gandhi’s minimum income scheme is a sincere effort to emancipate poor from their fight to earn daily bread. By getting a minimum income, a common man will not only be able to think better about his future but also about the country,” Sunil Jakhar said.
The Punjab Congress chief said that the announcement to give Rs 72,000 to the poor under minimum income scheme is historic as this scheme will end the shortfall of income. This will also empower the women as the money will be transferred directly into their bank accounts.
“Rumours are being spread that some amount of the subsidies will be deducted to pay Rs 6,000 which is not true. They will continue to get benefits of the older schemes and the amount under the NYAY will be in addition to these schemes. We thank Rahul Gandhi for his historic announcement for the poor of the country,” Sunil Jakhar said.
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Sunil Jakhar said that the minimum income scheme also makes a distinction between the thinking of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “While BJP announced Rs 500 for the poor, Congress has announced Rs 6,000 per month,” he said.
“The Modi government is the government of jumlas and came into power by making false promises like that of Rs 15 lakh. We expected Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that he will have a better response on Rahul Gandhi’s announcement but he just said that slogans like this were also shouted earlier,” Sunil Jakhar said.
“We did not mind as the BJP government including the prime minister has given a number of slogans like Standup India, sit down India, Make-in-India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. They did not leave even a single slogan but the ground reality is this that they failed to perform,” the Punjab Congress chief said.
Criticising the BJP government, the Punjab Congress chief said that the Modi government is working only for a few rich people. He said that the debts of these rich people were written off in the name of non-performing assets.
“Rather than waiving off the NPAs of rich, Rahul Gandhi has shown the way to the performing assets,” Sunil Jakhar said.
Sunil Jakhar said that the BJP had also criticised the MNREGA, saying it will drain public money. “Today, the BJP has not only adopted MNREGA but also wants to stamp it in its name,” he said. Sunil Jakhar said that those questioning Congress what it did for the poor themselves did not do anything for them.