Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Shramyogi Mandhan Pension Yojana, a pension scheme for workers of the unorganised sector in Gujarat.
Modi targeted Congress President Rahul Gandhi over poverty, saying only those oblivious to sleeping hungry at night can think that it is a state of mind.
For some, poverty is just an opportunity to click photos, Modi said, sharpening his attack on the Congress chief. "This scheme is aimed at uplift of the section of society which has been ignored and left at the mercy of God.
They (Congress) gave slogans of garibi hatao (end poverty).
Under this scheme, unorganised workers will get a pension of Rs 3000. I am told that over 14 lakh workers have been enrolled under the scheme, Modi said.
Some projected themselves as messiah of workers. But during their tenure they did not launch such a scheme, he said.
"They ruled the country for 55 years and collected votes in the name of poor," he said. "This scheme has been launched by our government as a tribute to the unorganised sector, who can earn some money till their body is fit but are worried about what will happen to them when they get old, Modi said.
"They thought that poverty is a mental state. See how is this neta who says that there is nothing like poverty but a mental state," Modi said, targeting the Congress president.
"For them poverty is just an opportunity to click pictures. Only those oblivious to sleeping hungry even for one night can think that it is a state of mind, Modi said, in an obvious reference to Gandhi's 2013 statement that poverty is a state of mind.
"What they could not do in 55 years, this 'chaiwala' did in 55 months by bringing such a scheme," Modi said.