New Delhi: The Supreme Court today issued notice to Election Commission of India (EC), Central and Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Governments on a petition challenging the constitutional validity of direct cash transfer benefit schemes like KALIA, PM KISAN, Rythu Bandhu implemented just prior to elections this year.
Telangana-based P Pulla Rao had moved the apex court recently challenging the schemes citing that it was meant to influence the voters.
The petitioner sought clear guidelines to the ECI regarding announcement of such schemes on the eve of elections and direct cash transfer system.
The petitioner also demanded that these schemes should be declared unconstitutional or implemented at least six months before the polls.
Notably, the incumbent Naveen Patnaik Government had launched the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation’ (KALIA) to provide financial assistance to farmers of the State on December 31 just two months before the announcement of the election schedule.