Ahead of the crucial parliament poll, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega scheme for farmers rolled out today.
But the Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram went ahead and equated to ”bribe for votes”.
Chidambaram’s attack came hours before PM Modi launches the Rs. 75,000 crore scheme in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur by reportedly transferring the first instalment of Rs. 2,000 each to over one crore farmers.
Chidambaram said the “greater shame” is that the Election Commission is unable to stop it.
He went on to term it as ”Cash for Vote” day.
Under the scheme, another one crore farmers will be covered in the next two to three days, an Agriculture Ministry official had said.
The govenrment had announced the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in the interim Budget earlier this month.
Under this programme, Rs. 6,000 will be paid to 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding cultivable land of up to two hectares per year in three instalments.