Union minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday hinted that the Rs500-a-month cash dole to small farmers may be increased in future as the government\u2019s resources grow, and said states can top up this amount with their own income support schemes. Jaitley, who is in the US for medical treatment, also slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for ridiculing the scheme announced in the Interim Budget by equating it to a Rs17-a-day dole. He said the Opposition leader must \u201cgrow up\u201d and realise that he is contesting a national election and not a college union poll. \u201cWhat is the biggest thing that the Congress claims that they ever did? (UPA regime finance minister) P Chidambaram announced a Rs70,000-crore farm loan waiver. (but) actual distribution was only Rs52,000 crore. (Also), CAG said a large part of that money went to traders and businessmen and converted itself into a fraud,\u201d he said. The current government, he said, is \u201cstarting off over and above the lakhs of crores we are putting into rural areas\u201d. \u201cWe are starting off with Rs75,000 crore a year and I foresee this amount increasing in the years to come. And if the states top it up, some states have already started with the scheme, I think the others must emulate them, it will increase,\u201d he added. Jaitley further said the state governments, too, have a responsibility to address farm distress by bringing their own income support schemes. \u201cSome state governments have started it,\u201d he said. \u201cSo, my advice to what I call the \u2018Nawabs of Negativity\u2019 is to ask your own state governments to top it off with their own income support schemes. Ideally, like the GST, this is a case where all political parties must defy party lines and in the spirit of cooperative federalism, have a Centre plus state scheme.\u201d On nearly 15 crore landless farmers being left out of the scheme, he said they have rural employment guarantee scheme MGNREGA and also other benefits.