In rural Uttar Pradesh or elsewhere in India, it is Prime Minister’s Kisan scheme versus Congress National Chief’s NYAY scheme, with voters weighing in on the opposition’s Rs. 72000 per year income showed promise for poor families against BJP’s already applied the scheme of sending Rs. 2000 to bank accounts in three installments a year of poor farmers.
In Uttar Pradesh, 30-year-old marginal farmer Indresh Kumari is one of the largest beneficiaries of PM Modi’s Kishan scheme will seek Rs. 2000 under the scheme. Indresh is also a possible beneficiary of Congress’ newly-introduced NYAY scheme- the party promises to send the money into bank accounts of women in each family.
Ms. Kumari lives in the outskirts of Lucknow. When enquired about which scheme she thinks better or who offers her more resident, she replied: “I believe Modi more. I see him a lot on TV and it seems that whatever he is saying and doing are true. Rahul Gandhi and his promises… I don’t know too much about them.”
One shocking aspect is that as BJP has managed to introduce PM Modi’s Kisan yojana before the election code came into force, so it has gained more word-of-mouth publicity in rural places. However, Congress may have assured a larger sum to a wider section of the society but publicizing NYAY scheme on this ground still remains a challenge.
It further claims that a crore out of 1.5 crore farmers in UP has got the benefit of Rs. 2000 as a part of PM Modi’s Kisan scheme, but there is yet no confirmation that any farmer in Madhya Pradesh has got the money. This is a big issue of tension for BJP’s election campaign in a state like Madhya Pradesh, which is crucial and has 29 Lok Sabha seats.
A senior government official told the source that they don’t have any database for marginal and small farmers, so fund transfer orders have been uploaded only till March 31 for 5000 farmers. He continued that he doesn’t even know whether the payments under the Kishan scheme have gone to poor farmers in MP yet or not.
In contrast, Chief Minister Kamal Nath-led Congress is leading the publicity election campaign with the income guarantee campaign promise NYAY scheme.
Punjab is another Congress-ruled state, the first installment under PM Modi’s Kisan Scheme has been paid in bank accounts of poor farmers.
Farmer Karanpal Singh alleged that he has applied for the Kisan scheme but is yet to receive the money, but claims to vote for BJP. Mr. Singh was quoted saying, “I will vote for Modi and am hopeful I will receive the money. (Chief Minister) Captain Amarinder Singh (of Congress) promised debt-waiver but nothing has been done for farmers.”