Jaitley hints at raising Rs 500 a month cash support to small farmers in future

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2019 09:13:55


By Yoshita Singh,


UNION Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday hinted that the Rs 500 a month cash dole to small farmers may be increased in the future as the Government’s resources grow and said States can top up this amount with their own income support schemes. He also slammed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for  ridiculing the scheme announced in the interim Budget for  2019-20 by equating it to Rs 17 a day dole, saying the Opposition leader must ‘grow up’ and  realise that he is contesting a national election and not a college Union poll. The plan to give Rs 6,000 cash to 12 crore small and marginal farmers every year together with Government schemes for giving them a house, subsidised food, free healthcare and hospitalisation, free sanitation, electricity, roads, gas connections, twice amount of credit at very cheap rate are all aimed at addressing farm distress, Jaitley told PTI in an interview here.

Kharge dissents regularly, says Jaitley: ACCUSING Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge of dissenting excessively, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said he has made the appointment of CBI Director look like a political battle which was never envisaged.
Kharge on Saturday wrote to PM giving his dissent on the appointment of new CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla, alleging that the officer did not have experience in handling anti-corruption cases and the criterion for selection was diluted in violation of law and SC judgements.

‘Won’t be back in India to reply to Budget debate’


UNION Minster Arun Jaitley on Sunday said his medical treatment at a US hospital is all over but hinted that he may not return to India in time to reply to the debate on interim Budget in Parliament.

Jaitley, 66, had missed presenting the sixth and final budget of the Modi Government’s present term as he had to fly to the US due to ill health. In his absence, the charge of the Finance Ministry was given to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, who on February 1 presented the interim Budget for 2019-20 financial year. Jaitley had on Budget day stated that he would be back in India soon. In an interview to PTI here, he said he was on recovery course and his return to India in time to reply to the Budget debate in Parliament will depend on when his doctors allow him to leave.