AGENCY New Delhi: In a big poll promise that he described as a “groundbreaking” measure to end poverty, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Monday said 20 per cent families in poorest of the poor category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as a minimum income. Making the announcement at a press conference here, Gandhi said, “The time for change has come”. Five crore families and 25 crore people will directly benefit from the scheme, he claimed, terming it is a “final assault” to eradicate poverty in the country. “The final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country,” he said. “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. The Congress chief termed it a “historic day”, saying the Congress had launched its final assault on poverty on the day. “5 crore of the poorest families in India, will receive Rs 72,000 Per Year. #NyayForIndia is our dream and our pledge. The time for change has come,” he later said on Twitter. Gandhi made the scheme public soon after discussing it at the meeting of the Congress Working Committee, which had met at the AICC headquarters to discuss and give final shape to the party’s manifesto. The Congress chief said the party has studied the fiscal implications of the scheme and has consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising it. Gandhi claimed that everyday your money is being taken and “we will show you what is happening. We have been studying this for the last 4-5 months”.
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