Union Minister Arun Jaitley slammed Rahul Gandhi for his Rs 17 comment on the PM Kisan scheme and challenged the opposition to give MSP to farmers in their states than give loan waivers during an interview with Republic TV's Arnab Goswami.
"There is a man who has criticised the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammaan Nidhi scheme for far and invented the Rs 17 figure has actually inherited a legacy of giving no paisa let alone of rupee and hence the locus to giving criticism is lagging. We are not beggared by the nawabs of negativity. If they have told you the history of what we have done for the farmers - rural infrastructure, santitaion, housing, electriciation, irrigation... if the opposition says it is inadequate, then they should tell their state government to scrap misconconceived loan waivers, they should supplement the income through MSP," he said.
He also spoke about the new welfare scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammaan Nidhi.
"We are already reaching rural areas with farmers getting cheaper LPG connections, MNREGA, Ayushmaan Bharat scheme etc. If the responsive government has done so much for the farmers and you still see fiscal space for government support for farmers, this is the support in terms of income. We are in business cooperative federalism. This is going to be Rs 75,000 crore to start with," he said.
"Congress once gave loan waiver of Rs 70,000 of which Rs 52000 was given to the traders as per CAG report.
"Whatever Centre does the state has to top it, the farmers have to be the responsibility of everyone," he added.
In a massive boost to the farming and agricultural sector, interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, during his budget speech, announced that the farmers who own up to two hectares of land will be directly provided with an income of Rs 6000 every year.
The government has come up with a Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammaan Nidhi scheme which will aim to provide the small sized farmers with a 'structured, direct income support' so that they don't fall into the clutches of the money lenders.
"All those vulnerable and small farmers, who have less than two hectares of land, the government has decided that they will be provided income support of Rs 6000 per year," Piyush Goyal said.