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Government Transfers Rs 5,125 Crore under PM Kisan Scheme to Farmers amid Covid-19 Relief Package
The Central Government has recently taken a big step under the PM-Kisan scheme. It is a central sector scheme with 100% funding from the Government of India. Under the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, an income support of Rs.6000 per year is provided to all farmer families across the country in 3 equal installments of Rs.2000 each every four months. The scheme is a direct income support to farmer families.
PM Kisan Scheme: Big Step of Central Government
Now, the Centre has transferred Rs 5,125 crore under the PM-Kisan, flagship direct income support scheme since the coronavirus relief package was declared. Though, the target is to disburse April to July Rs 2,000 instalment each to about 9 crore farmers as soon as possible, front-loading release of the money which was to be transferred by mid-April latest.
Coronavirus Relief Package for Farmers
The government on 26 March has declared Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package for the poor & vulnerable sections of the society. Since the scheme was launched last year, more than Rs 58,300 crore has been transferred into the bank accounts of 9.07 crore, 8.13 crore, 6.7 crore and 5.25 crore farmers (not mutually exclusive sets) as first, second, third and fourth instalments of PM-Kisan, respectively. However, at the beginning the scheme was meant to cover only small & marginal farmers, but later it was expanded for all land-owning farmers with some exclusion criteria.
The total number of farmers likely to be covered by PM-Kisan scheme will be around 11 crore by the end of Financial Year 2021. Till now, the government has validated data of around 9.4 crore farmers.
Source – Krushi Jagran, 3 April 2020
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