Lok Sabha Elections: Rahul Gandhi announced the scheme on a day the poll process formally took off.
Days before the national election, Rahul Gandhi today announced what he called a "historic" minimum income guarantee scheme assuring Rs. 72,000 a year for India's poorest families if the Congress came to power.
"It is not acceptable to the Congress that there is poverty in India in the 21st century. The final assault on poverty has begun," he said.
Under the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), the money would be directly transferred to bank accounts. The scheme, said the Congress president, would lift five crore families or 25 crore people out of poverty.
"It is fiscally possible. We have been studying the scheme for four-five months. We committed to the MGNREGA, we delivered MGNREGA ... now we will ensure justice for the poor," said Rahul Gandhi.