The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to NITI Ayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar for criticising the Congress’ scheme on minimum income guarantee (NYAY) which was announced on Monday.
In a series of tweets, Kumar said: “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. The cost of the #MinimumIncomeGuarantee scheme at 2% of GDP and 13% of the budget will ensure that real needs of people remain unsatisfied. 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. (sic)”
As per the poll code, government officials cannot support the government. Kumar, as the vice chairman of NITI Ayog, receives salary and allowances from the government. He has to give an explanation in two days, reads the notice.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday while announcing his poll promise claimed that if they come to power, they will ensure an income of Rs 6000 per month.