‘Atrocious, arrogant’: Mayawati slams Modi govt’s cash scheme for farmers


Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a 75,000 million rupee cash transfer plan for farmers, Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati called it “atrocious, arrogant” and an “insult” to farmers .

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme (PM-KISAN) is intended to benefit 12 million farmers who transfer Rs 6,000 to farmers in three installments per year.

Mayawati said that the annual payment of Rs 6000 to the farmers translated into Rs 500 per month and Rs 17 per day. He said that this was “misery” and accused the BJP of simply doing a service to the farmers.

“Rs 500 a month for the poorest small farmers is an insult. Farmers believe in their work and want a remunerative price for their products, but the BJP mentality of giving them little monetary help is atrocious and arrogant. BJP has not fulfilled its promise, “Mayawati wrote in tweet.

PM Modi launched the PM-KISAN scheme in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday and criticized the opposition for not doing enough for the farmers. He said they were all the same and scared when the BJP announced the scheme during the interim budget. “They went pale when we announced the PM-Kisan plan in Parliament,” he said.

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The BSP of Mayawati has entered into an electoral alliance with the Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The BSP will compete with 38 seats of Lok Sabha in Uttar Pradesh, while the SP will present candidates in 37 constituencies.

Akhilesh Yadav called the alliance with BSP a political revolution and said it was necessary to overthrow the growing arrogance of the BJP.

On Sunday, Mayawati described the scheme of the Modi government in Kisan Samman Nidhi as “half-hearted”, comparing it with the previous decisions of the Modi government, such as demonetization and the Tax on Goods and Services (GST). She said the plan was an election year trick that people have seen.

The head of the BSP went on to say that the PM-KISAN scheme was similar to previous BJP decisions that reflected his “narrow-minded approach” and asked farmers to be cautious.