th Amendment) Bill, passed by Parliament earlier this week.
Here is a look at some of the other key points from his blog —
* Poverty is a secular criteria. It cuts across communities and religions.
* Nor does the carve out amongst the general non-reserved categories for 10 percent of their poor in any way get restricted by the 50 percent reservation embargo placed by the Supreme Court.
* The Prime Minister’s decision to force an agenda for poverty based reservation is the single greatest recognition/ concern for poor across the general categories and the need to eliminate poverty.
* By 2022, every poor family will have a roof on its head.
* The universal health scheme – Ayushman Bharat – is targeted at 40% of India’s population who are at the lowest point of the economic ladder.
* The Government has expressed its intention to help the farmer by fixing the Minimum Support Price for the notified crops at 50% higher than cost
* For the India’s middle class, in the last five years, not a single tax has been increased.
* In every Budget, the lower end of the tax payers have got relief both directly and indirectly
* This is the first time that during the five year tenure of a Government a Rs.2 lakh crore annual tax rebate for both direct and indirect taxes is given to the middle class tax payer without a single tax being increased.
* The subsidy for housing for the middle class has been liberalised.
* Inflation during the five year tenure has been kept between 3-4% as against 10.4% during UPA-II.
* There is a method for economically empowering the poor. Their purchasing power has improved. This helps trade and businesses which impacts positively on the economy.