Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged the government destroyed the lives of farmers over the past five years, and said its Interim Budget announcement of 'Rs 17 a day' for them was an insult to everything they stand and work for.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, in the Interim Budget today, said farmers will be provided Rs 6,000 per year, which amounts to Rs 16.44 daily, in three installments under a central government scheme.
"Dear NoMo, 5 years of your incompetence and arrogance has destroyed the lives of our farmers. Giving them Rs. 17 a day is an insult to everything they stand and work for," Gandhi tweeted using hashtag 'AakhriJumlaBudget'.
Presenting the Interim Budget, Goyal sought to address some of the distress that the farm sector has been facing.
He said the scheme will be "fully funded by the central government".