Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing an annual assistance of Rs 6,000 for farmers in the interim budget.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “Dear NoMo, 5 years of your incompetence and arrogance has destroyed the lives of our farmers. Giving them Rs. 17 a day is an insult to everything they stand and work for.” Gandhi also used hashtag #AakhriJumlaBudget implying that the Modi government had indulged in fake promises even in its last budget.
5 years of your incompetence and arrogance has destroyed the lives of our farmers.
Giving them Rs. 17 a day is an insult to everything they stand and work for. #AakhriJumlaBudget
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 1, 2019
Announcing the interim budget in the parliament, Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had said, “Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, Rs 6000 per year for each farmer, in three instalments, to be transferred directly to farmers’ bank accounts, for farmers with less than 2 hectares landholding.”
In other announcements, Goyal had said that ‘instead of rescheduling of crop loans, the farmers severely affected by natural calamities will get 2% interest subvention and additional 3% interest subvention upon timely repayment.’
Goyal had also said that Rs 1.7 lakh crore had been allocated to bring food at affordable rates to families belonging to the poor and middle class.
Goyal had also announced that a pension scheme was being launched called Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan, to provide assured monthly pension of 3000 rupees per month, with the contribution of 100 rupees per month, for workers in unorganised sector after 60 years of age
“Farmers severely affected by severe natural calamities will get 2% interest subvention and additional 3% interest subvention upon timely repayment of loans,” Goyal added in his budget.
The announcement related to farmers is largely being seen as an attempt to woo farmers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, when Modi will be seeking re-election as the prime minister.