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Rahul Gandhi Announces Rs 72,000 Per Year For India's 20% Poorest Families If Congress Comes To Power

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| March 25 , 2019 , 15:04 IST

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced the details of his party’s minimum income promise. He said that India’s 20 percent of the poorest families will be given Rs 72,000 each year as minimum income if Congress comes to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“I want to tell the poor that the line would be Rs 12,000… The Congress guarantees that 20 per cent of India’s poor would make at least Rs 72,000 annually,” he said, describing it as a historic move.

He added, “We have studied fiscal implications of the scheme. Final assault on poverty has begun. It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea. We have consulted many economists on the scheme."

"People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them," he added.

This announcement came after the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party’s top policy-making body had met. He had first announced the scheme in January this year.