AgroStar Krishi Gyaan
21 Jan 20, 01:00 PM
Krishi VaartaThe Economic Times
Government Forms Society to Run Centre-Funded Farmer Schemes
New Delhi: The government has formed a society to run all Centre-sponsored farmer welfare schemes including PM-KISAN to improve monitoring and targeting. The Farmers’ Welfare Programmes Implementation Society has been registered under the Societies Registration Act and it will run as an independent unit with agriculture secretary as the chairman.
As per the government officials, the society will be free to hire resources for running schemes and the central government will bear all the administrative costs. It has been mandated to develop database of farmers and run all the direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes
The centre runs two major farmers’ welfare schemes across the country. In February 2019, it had launched PM-KISAN, under which farmers get Rs 6,000 annually in three equal instalments. In May last year, the government announced a contributory pension scheme for small and marginal farmers in the age group of 18-40. Under this scheme, farmers would be paid a pension of Rs 3,000 per month after attaining the age of 60.
Source: The Economic Times, 17 January 2020
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