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EC miffed at NITI Aayog VC's remarks against NYAY


New Delhi, Apr 5: The Election Commission (EC) Friday expressed "displeasure" over NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar's remarks against the Congress' proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojna (NYAY) scheme.

NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar

In a communication sent to Kumar, the EC asked him to be cautious in future while making statements. On March 27, the poll panel had sought Kumar's response on his remarks in which he had attacked the Congress over its minimum income guarantee promise.

[Criticism of NYAY proposal my personal opinion: NITI VC to EC][Criticism of NYAY proposal my personal opinion: NITI VC to EC]

The EC had felt that since Kumar is a bureaucrat, his remarks were prima facie violative of the model code. Kumar is learnt to have told the EC that he spoke against Congress's Nyay scheme as an economist and not as part of the policy body.

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At a press conference here on March 25, Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power.


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