Rahul’s promise of minimum income guarantee revolutionary step: PCC chief

PCC chief GA Mir addressing a press conference in Jammu on Tuesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
PCC chief GA Mir addressing a press conference in Jammu on Tuesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 26 : Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ghulam Ahmed Mir has said that the historic declaration made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, ” Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme” to every citizen, if Congress is voted to power, would bring revolution in the country for the poor.
Addressing a press conference here today, PCC chief said that as per this proposed scheme, 20% of families in the country will be guaranteed Rs 72,000 a year and this Rs 72,000 will be deposited directly in the bank accounts of the women of those families. He said about 5 crore families will be benefitted by this historic step.

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Mir further said that this announcement will be implemented with full commitment as the Congress Party did earlier in the case of farm loan waiver in States like Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. He said that it would be one of biggest landmark in the history to ensure a dignified living to all, especially the poor who fail to meet both ends of life due to unprecedented price rise, today. The poor and BPL people would have a dignified living and full stomach food and other basic necessities of life, if this unique scheme is implemented.
PCC president said that several schemes and programmes were chalked out by the Congress led Governments to overcome poverty. This would be the biggest ever decision in the history of Independent India, he said.
Mir said that during 10 years of UPA more than 140 million people were brought out of the list of BPL, which is a great achievement. Besides Right to Food (FS Act), Right to Job (MGNREGA), RGGVY besides RTI and RTE were major achievements of Congress towards the poor and common man. Congress Governments always framed policies and programmes for the poor people in the country, as the party is committed especially to the welfare of poor, downtrodden, farmers and the labour class. But BJP led Govt only changed names and continued the same.
Senior leaders, Mula Ram, Rigzin Jora, RS Chib and Manjit Singh also accompanied.