Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday hit at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his “bluff” promise to provide a minimum income guarantee scheme to India’s poor stating that a party who allegedly rode to power on its ‘Gareebi Hatao'(eradicate poverty) slogan had no right to make such assurances.
He also alleged that Indira Gandhi believed in redistribution of poverty and not its eradication.
“Indira Gandhi won the election in 1971 in the name of ‘Gareebi Hatao’ but she didn’t take necessary steps to eradicate poverty,”he said.
Rahul Gandhi had earlier on Monday promised minimum guaranteed income of Rs 12,000 per month to the 20 per cent of the poorest families of the country if his party comes to power.It will implement a “ground-breaking” Nyuntam Aay Yojana(NYAY),under which 20 per cent of the poorest families of the country will be entitled to up to Rs 72,000 per year,he said.
He also criticised the double standard of Congress,for initially standing against the Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) and now now promising to give money to the poor through DBT.
Jaitley also alleged Congress misled the country on the issue of poverty for 590 years.