Interim Budget 2019: ‘Giving Farmers Rs. 17 A Day Is An Insult To Everything They Do’, Rahul Gandhi Slams BJP

| February 1 , 2019 , 15:42 IST

Acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday presented interim Budget 2019 and announced Rs 6000 annually for the small and marginal farmers. Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi Lashed out at BJP and said that it is an insult for the farmers.

He tweeted, “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. #AakhriJumlaBudget”

Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram called the Budget “an account for votes”. He tweeted: “It was not a vote on account. It was an account for votes.”

Another senior Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor questioned the government’s move to announce just Rs 6000 annually for the small and marginal farmers. “The whole exercise has turned out to be a damn squib. We've seen one good thing that is a tax exemption for the middle class. Rs 6000 in income support for farmers boils down to Rs 500 per month. Is that supposed to enable them to live with the honor and dignity?” he asked.

The leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge alleged “The government says it will give Rs 6000 a year but the reality is, it will give only Rs 2000 to farmers now and the rest later. I will say they are trying to bribe the farmers.”

The farmer scheme, called PM-Kisan, was widely anticipated as the government struggles to calm farmers' anger ahead of the national election, due by May.

The government announced that small and marginal farmers, who own less than two acres of land, will receive direct annual handouts of around Rs. 6,000 rupees, at a cost of Rs. 75,000 crore to the government.

The money would be deposited directly to their bank accounts in installments of Rs. 2,000.