Ramesh Chennithala.. Image Source: Twitter/@chennithala

Thiruvananthapuram, January 14 : Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday said that the congress-led UDF coalition would implement the NYAY scheme if voted to power in the forthcoming assembly elections.

The UDF would ensure that indigent sections would get 6,000 rupees credited in their bank accounts every month, Chennithala said at a press conference. The congress-led coalition would give precedence to unity, care, and development. More hospitals would be started to cater to the poorer sections, he said.

Chennithala was speaking about the policy agenda that the UDF’s upcoming election manifesto would reflect. He called on the public to share their suggestions for the UDF manifesto through e-mail.

On the NYAY scheme, the opposition leader said that the scheme would help in fully eradicating poverty in the state. Kerala would become the first state to completely implement the scheme, he added. The UDF’s decision to come out with a ‘people’s manifesto’ was reportedly prompted by the gains made by the CPI(M)-led LDF front in the recently-held local body polls piggybacking on the welfare schemes implemented by the LDF government.

The opposition UDF had drawn flak from certain quarters for its failure to offer a parallel welfare agenda to the public. The decision to form a committee headed by congress MP Benny Behanan to prepare the UDF’s assembly poll manifesto earlier than usual was reportedly in response to this criticism.

The NYAY scheme was first proposed by the congress national leadership as part of its election manifesto for the 2019 lok sabha polls. The social welfare programme envisages direct cash transfer of at least 12,000 rupees into the accounts of the poorest five crore families in the country every month, ensuring all such families a minimum annual income of 72,000 rupees.

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