Prof. Rajeev Gowda, the Congress’s manifesto committee convener, spoke to Puneet Nicholas Yadav on questions arising out of the party’s poll promises. Excerpts:
ON NYAY: You are asking questions about NYAY, but has anyone asked PM Modi how he plans to implement his promise of doubling income of farmers? The arithmetic of NYAY is clear…an annual income of Rs 72,000 for the bottom 20 per cent of India’s poorest families. To identify beneficiaries, there’s enough data already…the government says it has rolled out targeted schemes like Ujjwala and a socio-economic survey. If the BJP says its claims of targeted schemes and beneficiaries are bogus, we’ll find another way.