Ahead of the Parliamentary elections, Rahul Gandhi announced on Monday that Congress would be provisioning with a 'Minimum Income Guarantee' if they form a government.
The 'historic' declaration was made by the party president in Chhattisgarh, saying that the Congress has taken a step 'that no government has ever taken', indirectly taking a jibe at the Modi government.
He said, "We have now taken a step that no government has taken before. We have decided to give every poor person a Minimum Income Guarantee when we form the govt. This is a historic step taken to eradicate hunger and poverty."
"We will do this in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and all other states as well. For the first time ever, Congress is implementing this decision. All you have to do is to give us an opportunity," he added.
The scheme instigated with the motive to eliminate poverty and hunger, the party president further said, "Such like the Congress party guaranteed 100-day employment in MGNREGA, the right to information (RTI) was guaranteed in open doors to bureaucracy, guaranteeing the right to food, similarly minimum income will be guaranteed"
Calling this a 'globally historic' manifesto, Rahul Gandhi in a tweet reiterated the party's initiative a 'new India cannot be built while millions suffer the scourge of poverty' weeks before going to polls.
Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram hailed the "historic" announcement that 'will mark a turning point in the lives of the poor'
He further elaborated on the adaptation of 'Universal Basic Income'(UBI), giving statistics of how 140 million people were lifted out of poverty between 2004-2014.