Ranchi/New Delhi: In a move to get the better of farmer politics with a view to the approaching 2019 general elections, the BJP government in Jharkhand has announced a scheme to directly transfer money into the bank accounts of farmers.

MyNation was the first to report the development on December 19 when the BJP leadership and the Narendra Modi dispensation were giving the idea of rolling out DBT replacing MSP a serious thought. 

Named as Mukhyamantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana, the Jharkhand government's scheme has done one better than KC Rao's 'Rythumitra' in Telangana. The BJP government will transfer Rs 5,000 per acre during the Kharif season to small and marginal farmers of the state. The Telangana government files out just Rs 4,000 per acre.

Moreover, another defining feature of the Jharkhand scheme is that such farmers whose land holding is less than an acre will also be covered in the scheme and shall get the minimum Rs 5,000.

In all, 22.76 lakh farmers will be benefited under the scheme, covering an area of 45 lakh acre of the state.

The yojana is being rolled out with a budget if Rs 2,250 crore.

Chief minister Raghubar Das told MyNation that this scheme would go a long way in realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling farm income by 2022.

"This way, the farmers will not have to depend on banks or middlemen for investment in good seeds, fertilisers and other inputs in agriculture. The farmers will be free to use it as they want," Das said.