HYDERABAD: The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) will enrol 2.5 lakh cadres for the ‘Aam Admi Ke Sipahi’ (common man’s soldier) programme to help the rural poor access the benefits accruing from both the Central and State Government schemes.

The concept -- a brainchild of AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi who is in-charge of the affairs of the youth and student wing of the Congress -- will be launched sometime next month.

The objective of the programme is to identify three active Youth Congress workers in each gram panchayat and train them to act as ‘Aam Admi Ke Sipahi’. Each will be entrusted the task of helping the poor access old age pension, job cards under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (NREGP) and create awareness about the Right to Information Act.

AICC secretary in charge of Youth Congress affairs Jitendra Singh and IYC president Ashok Tanwar on Tuesday reviewed the arrangements for the five-day training programme for the State Youth Congress office-bearers as a prelude to identification of the ‘Aam Admi Ke Sipahi’. The programme will begin on July 23. Mr. Gandhi will attend the valedictory function on July 27.

Mr. Jitendra Singh said the ‘sipahis’ would not hesitate to expose ‘irregularities’ in NREGP and bring them to the notice of officials for taking action. The ‘sipahis’ would get weightage in the selection of YC office-bearers.