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Rahul Gandhi promises Rs 1 lakh annually to women in poor households

Extending support to the tribal population, Rahul Gandhi promised to ensure their rights over ‘jal, jungle and zameen’ and to return their land to them.

RGRANCHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a poll rally in Jharkhand’s Chaibasa on Tuesday promised to credit Rs 1 lakh every year to the bank accounts of crores of poor households in the country. Rahul also promised to increase MGNREGA wages up to Rs 400 and double the income of ASHA workers and Anganwari Sevika, if INDIA Alliance is voted to power.

“First, a list of poor households will be made which will mostly include people from adivasi, dalit and backward classes…and then, one woman will be identified from each of those households. Rs 1 lakh will be credited to the bank accounts of all those women,” said Rahul Gandhi.

If BJP can give crores of rupees to a handful of people, we can make crores of poor people lakhpatis and thereby change their lives completely, he added.

Extending support to the tribal population, Rahul Gandhi ensured to keep their ‘jal, jungle and zameen’ secured, stressig that the tribals have the first right over the resources of the country.

He also promised to ensure thir rights over ‘jal, jungle and zameen’ and to return their land back to them.

“Adivasi means who have the first rights on the land of this country. If I am calling you adivasi… it means jal, jungle and zameen of this country belongs to you and hence you must have the first rights on it,” said Rahul Gandhi.

“Therefore, you must also get your share over the wealth, natural resources and various institutions of this country,” he added.

“We call you Adivasi, they call you Vanvasi which is kind of a derogatory word.. This is wrong…vanswasi means those who live in jungles. No, you are not vanvasi, you are Adivasi….You are not those who lives in jungles, but you are those who have the first right over jal, jungle and zameen,” said Rahul.

“They don’t want your progress, they want you to keep working as their domestic help in big cities….they don’t want your children to become engineers, lawyers or doctors”, he added.

“This is the difference between BJP and INDI-Alliance… We want your children to become doctors, engineers, lawyers and industrialists,” Gandhi said.

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