Balasore: Congress President Rahul Gandhi being welcomed by party workers during a public rally in Odisha's Balasore, on April 26, 2019. . Image Source: IANS News

Bhubaneswar, April 26 : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday called NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty as he took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for growing employment in the country.

"Under the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), Rs 72,000 will be given annually to five crore families in the country. Poor states like Bihar and Odisha will get the benefits under the scheme. This is the surgical strike on poverty," said Gandhi while addressing an election rally in Balasore Lok Sabha constituency.

This is the first election rally of Rahul Gandhi in Odisha after the declaration of poll dates.

He also said NYAY scheme will help generating employment, which was affected by demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Gandhi allayed fears that the middle class would have to bear the burden for the scheme.

He said the scheme will be entirely funded with the "money looted by the industrialists like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, who fled the country".

Rahul attacked Modi for not talking about employment generation, farmer issue and corruption.

"Modi carries teleprompter wherever he goes to deliver his speeches. He keeps getting orders not to talk about employment. He does not mention the Rs 15 lakh promised to remit into accounts of every poor Indian", said Gandhi.

He said while Modi promised 2 crore jobs, but in reality, 27000 jobs are lost every 24 hours under his government.

"There are 22 lakh government posts lying vacant. Once Congress comes to power, we will fill the vacancies and create 10 lakh jobs in panchayats," he added.

Speaking on the farmers' plight, he said the Congress government would ensure that no farmer is sent to jail for defaulting on loans.

He said Rs 2,600 would be provided on paddy per quintal in Odisha, once the party forms the government in the state.

Elections are being held in four phases in Odisha. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats.

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