Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday promised people in poll-bound Kerala that the minimum income guarantee scheme (NYAY) will be “tested” in the southern state if Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF_ is voted to power.
“I have a selfish reason to test it,” Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI during an election corner meeting organised at Manarcad in Puthuppally Assembly constituency.
Gandhi said that he wanted to “test” the scheme because if it works in Kerala, he wanted to replicate it in all the Congress-ruled states in the country. “And Kerala is going to show the rest of India how to fight poverty once and for all,” he said.
Rs 72,000 a year will go straight into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
“This is not charity. We are giving you money through NYAY. We are putting money in your pockets so that you can spend it. This was the only way to uplift the Indian economy which collapsed due to the demonetisation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his flawed GST implementation and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rahul Gandhi said.
The NYAY scheme, first mooted by Congress ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, has been listed as one of the key promises in the manifesto of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the state.