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The Election Commission of India on Tuesday issued a notice to NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar seeking an explanation for his comments against the Congress’ minimum income guarantee scheme, The Indian Express reported.
According to media reports, EC had asked him to respond in two days.
In a press conference, Rahul Gandhi announced that 20 percent of families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power.
Rajiv Kumar took to his Twitter account and said that "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."
True to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress President announces a scheme that will burst fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented. (1/2)#MinimumIncomeGuarantee @PMOIndia @FinMinIndia— Rajiv Kumar ???????? (@RajivKumar1) March 25, 2019
Kumar made similar remarks in an interview as well. He told ANI, “It’s an old pattern followed by Congress. They say and do anything to win elections. Poverty was removed in 1966, One Rank One Pension was later implemented, everyone received proper education under Right of Education! So you see then can say and do anything.”
Kumar had added: “Congress party promised #GaribiHatao in 1971, #OROP in 2008, #FoodSecurity in 2013 to win elections, but couldn’t fulfill any of those. The same unfortunate fate awaits the populist and opportunistic promise of #MinimumIncomeGuarantee.”