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Open letter to Rahul Gandhi who promises to bring NYAY

For public interest, here are few questions to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who made a big poll announcement on Monday promising 20 per cent poor a basic minimum income of Rs 72,000 per year under NYAY.

Himanshu Shekhar Himanshu Shekhar @himaanshus
New Delhi Updated on: March 26, 2019 18:24 IST
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi

Dear Rahul Gandhi,

I could not vote in 2014 as my name went missing from the electoral list at the last moment. I had my voter identity card but was turned away as my name did not feature in the electoral list. This time I will ensure that I check my name in the list and then go to the polling station.

At the moment, I have not decided whom should I vote for. I am watching the election campaign and trying to weigh on who can deliver what?  That's the reason I have written this letter. On Monday (March 25) you made a promise to this country.  You promised to guarantee 20 per cent poor people of this country a minimum income guarantee through - NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana). Though I am not an eligible poor in a strict sense, I have a few questions. The questions, if answered, will help many in our country understand how you are going to implement - Nyay. Needless to say, it will help people like us decide on our vote.

Here's an understanding of your scheme. Please feel free to correct if I am wrong.

What NYAY promises:

  • If Congress is voted to power, 20 per cent poorest of poor in India will get Rs. 72,000 per year
  • The amount will be credited directly to their bank account 
  • Families will be entitled to Rs. 6000 per month
  • Rahul's scheme promises to end poverty. Congress calls it "assault on poverty."

India Tv - Congress President Rahul Gandhi talks to young girl during Lok Sabha Election 2019 campaign. 


Congress President Rahul Gandhi talks to young girl during Lok Sabha Election 2019 campaign. 

Cost of Rahul's promised NYAY:

Experts believe the total cost of Rahul Gandhi's promise is Rs. 3,60,0000000000 (Rs. 3.6 lakh crore).

Here's how NYAY compares with country's other big-ticket schemes:

Subsidies: Food, Fertilizers+Petrolium Education PM-KISAN Samman Nidhi  Health Budget
Rs. 3 Lakh crore Rs. 94,000 Crore Rs. 75,000 Crore

Rs. 61,000


(The numbers are based on govt data of FY 2018-19)

How NYAY compares with MNREGA:

NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana)

MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act)

Expected to aid 250 million people Rs. 72,000/year 


Has benefited 140 million people 

For unskilled labour means employment of 172-338 days at minimum wage Promises 100 days of work but has delivered 40-45 days on average

NYAY offers no condition to work

Income is conditional to getting work

How will Rahul Gandhi implement it?

 That is a million dollar question. Many experts believe that Nyuntam Aay Yojana is an ambitious scheme but it might end up being a hollow promise.

Two questions to Rahul Gandhi on NYAY:

Q1. There is no data on income of poor. How will the govt decide on who qualifies as poor?

Q2. Where will the Rs. 3.6 lakh crore come from?

I know this is an election season. With just 15 days to go for the first phase of voting in Lok Sabha election 2019, I do not expect an immediate response. However, since this is an open letter, my readers would be waiting for a response. If you read this, please send your thoughts. 

Yours sincerely,

Himanshu Shekhar 

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