The cash transfer scheme was announced in the interim budget presented in Parliament Friday. The Ministry has sent guidelines to all states and Union Territories, asking the chief secretaries to personally monitor the progress of implementation.
Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India, said, “This is a desperate measure to buy the farmers’ votes by transferring Rs 2,000 to their accounts before the election... Farmers will surely reject this dishonourable bargain.”
For salaried persons, the standard deduction is being raised from the current Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000, which will give additional tax benefit of over Rs 3000 to over 3 crore salary earners and pensioners.
The Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, said: “The Budget read like BJP’s poll manifesto. The populist measures are to avoid defeat.” He described the Budget as “meaningless”.