Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

NYAY Criticism Was Personal Opinion, NITI Aayog VC Tells Election Commission Amid Row

Rajiv Kumar has responded to the EC, saying that he spoke in his 'personal capacity' as an economist and his comments 'should not be interpreted' as Aayog’s stand on the Congress’ scheme.

News18.com

Updated:April 3, 2019, 10:56 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

New Delhi: Days after the Election Commission sought a response from NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar on his remarks criticising the Congress over its minimum income guarantee promise, the V-C said his comments on NYAY reflected his “personal opinion” as an economist.

Kumar has responded to the Election Commission, saying he spoke in his “personal capacity” as an economist and his comments “should not be interpreted” as Aayog’s stand on the Congress’ scheme.

Further, the NITI Aayog V-C also cited the example of Montek Singh Ahluwalia who, as the deputy chairman of the Planning Commission (the predecessor of the NITI Aayog), had commented on the ‘Gujarat Model’ in April 2014 when the EC’s Model Code of Conduct was in force for Lok Sabha elections.

Right after the Congress released its Nyunatam Aay Yojana, Kumar had said the promise of a minimum income of Rs 6,000 to the poorest 20 per cent households is the party’s stunt to “say and do anything to win elections”.

“I think the fiscal deficit may increase from 3.5 per cent to 6 per cent. All the credit rating agencies may bring down our ratings. We may not get loans from outside and eventually, our investments might be blocked,” Kumar had told ANI.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results