Election Commission Issues Notice To NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar For Comments On Congress NAYA Scheme

The Election Commission of India issued a notice to NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar for criticising the Congress’s election promise of minimum income support for the poor.

The EC said his comments violated the poll code which prohibits officials to support the government, it has sought Mr. Kumar’s response within two days. On Monday, Rajiv Kumar questioned Congress’s Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) announced by party chief Rahul Gandhi.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, while announcing the scheme had said any family earning less than Rs. 12,000 a month will receive the difference in its bank account if the party is voted to power.

The Congress called the proposal a “final assault on poverty”, and said it would benefit 25 crore people.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has described the Congress’s poll promise as a “bluff announcement”.

Jaitley said, “20% of the country’s poorest families were already getting Rs. 1.06 lakh each under various schemes promoted by the Narendra Modi government.”

(The Pigeon Express Opinion – It’s evident that the government have employed close, loyal associates in high position jobs of government departments. They are seeming to become more like puppets, spokespersons of the ruling party. Public servants which the NITI Aayog vice chairman is, should remain neutral. He can’t favour political parties, and do a short poll campaign for the regime from his office. He is right to have views and opinions, but he should know, when and where to voice them out.)