Congress attacks government on issue of income inequality

"The widening gap between the ultra-rich and the middle class under the Modi government is more and more apparent," he said in a post on X.

October 23, 2023 02:32 pm | Updated 03:00 pm IST - New Delhi

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh. File

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh. File | Photo Credit: ANI

The Congress on October 23 charged that the gap between the ultra-rich and the middle class in the country is widening under the Modi government.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said an analysis of the publicly available data on income tax returns for the period 2013-14 to 2021-22 confirms one of the essential themes of the Bharat Jodo Yatra — that of increasing income inequality.

"The widening gap between the ultra-rich and the middle class under the Modi government is more and more apparent," he said in a post on X.

"Here's the proof: The top 1% of income tax payers made 17% of all income in 2013-14. By 2021-22, the top 1% made 23% of all income. "Further, the income growth of the ultra-rich was much faster than for the middle class. The top 1% of income tax payers saw their income grow at 13% year-on-year from 2013-14 to 2021-22 — a massive 60% faster than the income of the lowest 25% of tax payers," the Congress leader claimed.

Mr. Ramesh said after adjusting for inflation, the lowest 25% tax-payers actually took home less real income in 2022 than in 2019.

"Gross income of the lowest 25% fell by 11%, from ₹3.8 lakh crore in FY19 to ₹3.4 lakh crore in FY22. Meanwhile, the real income of the top 1% jumped 30% from ₹7.9 lakh crore in FY19 to ₹10.2 lakh crore in FY22. "Figures don't lie. Only the Prime Minister does," he alleged.

The Congress has been alleging that income disparity between the rich and the poor has been growing in the last few years.

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