NITI Aayog Official Gets Poll Body Notice For Remarks On Congress Poll Promise

New Delhi: 

The Election Commission has issued a notice to NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar seeking reply for his comments against the Congress’s poll promise of minimum income support for the poor.

The poll body has questioned the top NITI Aayog official over his remark against the Congress’s Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) announced by the party chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday.

Mr Kumar, after the Congress’s announcement, in a series of tweets questioned the scheme.

“True to its past record of promising the moon to win elections, Congress President announces a scheme that will burst fiscal discipline, create strong incentives against work and which will never be implemented,” he tweeted on Monday.

In another tweet the same day, he said: “Congress party promised Garibi Hatao in 1971, OROP in 2008, Food Security in 2013 to win elections, but couldn’t fulfill any of those. The same unfortunate fate awaits the populist and opportunistic promise of Minimum Income Guarantee (sic).”

“The cost of the Minimum Income Guarantee scheme at 2% of GDP and 13% of the budget will ensure that real needs of people remain unsatisfied.”

“The scheme will bust fiscal balance,” he commented.

The Election Commission, which said the comments violated the poll code that prohibits government servants to support the government, has sought Mr Kumar’s reply in two days.

Congress chief, announcing the scheme on Monday, said any family earning less than Rs 12,000 a month will receive the difference, up to Rs 6,000, in its bank account under the plan if the party is voted to power. Rahul Gandhi, facing a tough opponent in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had called the proposal a “final assault on poverty” and said it would benefit 25 crore people.

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