PM launches Rs 75,000 cr farmer scheme

PM launches Rs 75,000 cr farmer scheme
PMNarendra Modi during the launch of the PMKISAN scheme, at Gorakhpur, in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. (PTI)
Gorakhpur/Lucknow, Feb 24 (PTI): | Publish Date: 2/25/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launched the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme transferring the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers, as he slammed the opposition alleging they “remember farmers once in 10 years -- just before elections”.

Initiating the electronic transfer of Rs 2,000 each, he said the first instalment of money under the scheme has been deposited in accounts of 1.01 crore farmers and those who have been left out will get it soon. 

“The first instalment of money under the scheme has been deposited in the bank accounts of the farmers directly...those who have been left out will get it soon,” Modi told the gathering at the Fertiliser Corporation of India ground here.

The Prime Minister also interacted with a select group of farmers, representing different states, through video-conferencing and took a swipe at his political rivals. The Prime Minister started his speech by chanting ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ and said that for his government, the Rs 75,000-crore scheme is not an election promise. He said he talked about it in Parliament only after making budgetary allocations for it. Taking a jibe at opposition parties, he said that previous governments made schemes for farmers “only on paper”.

Targeting the Congress government on the issue of loan waiver, Modi said, “They gave loan waiver of Rs 52,000 crore in 10 years and we are giving Rs 75,000 crore to farmers every year.”

He also accused the Congress-led UPA government of not working on MSP and sitting on the related file since 2007 which forced the farmers to take loans. The Prime Minister urged the farmers to beware of any trap and rumours stressing “this is your money and it will not be taken back”.

“The previous governments did not have the intention to help the farmers so they could not take the right decisions...and so in 2014 you gave the BJP an opportunity to change this situation,” he said. 

Chidambaram, Mayawati flay farmers scheme

With the government set to transfer the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to about 2 crore farmers over the next few days, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday termed it a “bribe for votes” and said the “greater shame” is that the Election Commission is unable to stop it.

 “Today is the ‘Cash for Vote’ day. The BJP government will officially give a bribe of Rs 2000 per agricultural family to get their votes,” Chidambaram said in a series if tweets.

The money will go to the cultivating farmer as well as the absentee landlord, the former finance minister said.

“Nothing can be more shameful in a democracy than ‘Bribe for Votes’. The greater shame is that the Election Commission is unable to stop the ‘Bribe for Votes’,” he said.

Hours after it was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP chief Mayawati trashed the ambitious PM-KISAN scheme -- which aims at giving Rs 6,000 annually to small and marginal farmers -- as “inadequate and humiliating”.

“Giving @ Rs 17 per day to few farmers just before Lok Sabha elections is pure hoodwinking,” the Bahujan Samaj Party leader tweeted.

“The Rs 500 a month to poor farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is an insult to the farmers. Farmers believe in their labour and want remunerative price of their produce but BJP mentality to give them little monetary help is atrocious and arrogant. BJP has failed to fulfil their promise,” she added.


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