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Minimum Income guarantee scheme to be announced by Rahul Gandhi

Minimum Income guarantee scheme to be announced by Rahul Gandhi
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Congress national president Rahul Gandhi would address a public meeting at Pahad-e-Sharif in the city Congress national president Rahul Gandhi would address a public meeting at Pahad-e-Sharif in the city.

Uttam, along with party leaders RC Khuntia, Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, and others, visited the proposed meeting site on Tuesday. Rahul Gandhi is expected to address the meeting at 4 pm.

Kicking off the Congress’ election campaign in Telangana for the Lok Sabha polls, Rahul Gandhi said his party would implement a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poor if it is voted to power.

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Talks with Prime Minister

He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was into “making two Indias”―one where only the rich are benefited and the other in which farmers who seek loan waiver with folded hands are let down.

The Congress would not let this happen, Gandhi said.

“We have decided that the Congress party will give guaranteed minimum income to every poor person in India. After the 2019 polls, the (Congress-led) Government of India will fix minimum income. It will not be below any of the income levels (below poverty line),” he said.

Asserting that not a single person would be left behind, the Congress president said, “We will deposit money into accounts of those whose earnings are less than the minimum income.”

Minimum Income previous facts

Previously, the Congress had enacted an employment guarantee scheme in the form of MNREGA which has so far yielded positive results. However, it is often argued that the implementation of the minimum income guarantee scheme would require not only rolling back of various subsidies but a significant reduction in government spending. In this backdrop, a careful analysis of the UBI scheme becomes imperative.

People will get money under the scheme if their income is less than the minimum income (fixed), irrespective of whoever they are, whichever state they live in or religion they practice and whatever language they speak,” he said while addressing a meeting of Congress functionaries in Shamshabad on the city outskirts.

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