hold an agitation through social media demanding monetary aid
from the Centre for people from the unorganised sector in line
with the ''Nyay'' scheme proposed by the party leader Rahul
Gandhi, Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat has said.
Thorat, who heads the state Congress unit, said
workers of the party will take part in the agitation through
social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and
He said a demand will be raised seeking the initial
aid of Rs 10,000 for the poor and then Rs 7,500 per month for
the next six months.
The agitation, with hashtag ''SpeakUpIndia'', will be
held online from 11 am to 2 pm on Thursday, he added.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections held last year, Rahul
Gandhi had advocated implementation of the ''Nyay'' scheme
proposing that a certain amount of money will be paid to the
poor per month to enable them to make purchases.
The increased purchasing power of the poor will in
turn help remonetise the economy, the Congress leader had
"We cannot go outside, on the streets now (due to the
lockdown). Hence, we will be staging this agitation online
tomorrow for those who are hit the worst by the lockdown.
"You have to take part in the agitation via YouTube,
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook," Thorat said during an online
He said the Centre''s Rs 20 lakh crore special economic
package is "more of offering loans than spending money to help
the people hit by lockdown".
"The economy will pick momentum only when the poor
have money in hand to spend. So, the Centre should offer money
in line with the Nyay scheme. This will in turn boost the
economy," he added.
Thorat said 50 lakh workers of the Congress are
expected to take part in the agitation across the country.