Days ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the country, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday introduced a 'groundbreaking' measure to end poverty - Minimum Income Guarantee - announcing that 20 per cent families in the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as a minimum income.
"I promise that there will be justice for the poor. The Congress guarantees that 20 per cent families belonging to poorest of the poor category in India will be given Rs 72,000 each annually," he said.
Showing the mirror to the Congress party over Rahul Gandhi's claims to guarantee minimum wages to 20 per cent families, the BJP party posted a video message on Twitter in which the ruling saffron party said, "The number of people living below the poverty line in India has reduced significantly to around 65 million which is roughly 5% of total population compared to 21.9% in 2011."
Furthermore, the Modi government has provided benefits like cooking gas stove and cylinders to 8 crore of the below poverty line household, along with the approval of transfer of Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 to below poverty line households through direct benefit transfers per month.
Earlier, the BJP pledged direct cash support of Rs 6,000 a year for 120 million poor farmers and cut taxes for the middle-class last month.
Reacting to Congress chief's promise, BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav took to Twitter and said, "If you are sure about your defeat, you can promise moon. Who takes it seriously? Already under different schemes poor families get much more support. Is it in addition to those schemes or they all will be subsumed in it?"
Making the announcement at a press conference in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi further added that 50 million families and 250 million people will be directly benefitted from the scheme.