LokSabha 2019: Cong’s NYAY scheme final assault on poverty: Chavan

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The former chief minister criticises BJP’s manifesto by calling it ‘bunch of non-practical assurances’

PUNE: “The Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) scheme is the final assault against poverty and it is one of the important and concrete parts of the Congress manifesto, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto is bunch of causal and non-practical assurances,” claimed Prithviraj Chavan, former chief minister of the State and senior leader of the Congress in the city, on Monday. 

Chavan was in the city for the election campaign of Congress-Nationalist Congress Party Pune Lok Sabha candidate Mohan Joshi. 

He highlighted the strong points in Congress manifesto and criticised the BJP manifesto which was released on Monday. 

“The Congress manifesto is a public manifesto. Congress formed 41 subcommittees and the committee members visited 121 places and conducted public meetings in 55 Lok Sabha constituencies. This election is Congress NYAY scheme versus BJP’s promise of giving Rs 6,000 annually to marginal farmers. Congress has taken a lot of steps to eradicate poverty from the country and now, it is our final war against poverty by announcing Rs 72,000 per annum to poor people. We will make an arrangement for the money required to implement NYAY scheme by introducing a new GST 2.0 version and removing loopholes from direct taxes,” he said. 

Chavan added, “BJP has given non-feasible promises. To provide bank facility at every five kilometres is a good one but it is very difficult to implement and the announcement of zero interest loans for farmers is an old scheme and Maharashtra government is implementing it already in the State. There is no clear cut base income mentioned while announcing achievement of target of doubling farmers income by 2022. Before ensuring a toilet in every household, we have to check what happened with existing toilets which were built under Open Defecation Free (ODF) mission.

On Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ statement that he has evidence of corruption against oppositions leaders, Chavan said, “If BJP is against corruption and if they have proof, they should take action against corruption. They are not doing it. Instead, they are using evidence of corruption for political gain and to pressurise opposition leaders. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is not disclosing the evidence. Continuing corruption is also corruption.”

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