Today, through video conferencing, Prime Minister Modi has transferred more than Rs 20,000 crore to the bank accounts of more than 9.5 crore beneficiaries in the eighth instalment of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi. The 7th instalment was credited on 25th December. 18000 crore was credited to 9 crore farmers.
After the release of the money, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to several stakeholders who have benefited from the scheme. “You have set an example for others,” he said, referring to a woman farmer in Andhra Pradesh who had adapted a piece of unfertilized land for organic farming. It is your self-confidence that speaks of your ability and experience.
The woman told the Prime Minister that the land was being harvested three times a year.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also attended the function. For the first time, more than 700,000 farmers in West Bengal will benefit from the ‘PM-Kisan’ scheme, he said. They were given t. 2000 / – Financial assistance will be provided.
Notably, the scheme was launched in February 2017. 11.80 crore farmers have registered in the scheme. Beneficiaries of the scheme receive Rs 6,000 per annum. Farmers get 2000 Rupees every four months. So far, Rs 1.15 crore has been disbursed to farmers under the scheme, according to a statement issued by the government on Thursday.
Kalia money will be disbursed today by the Odisha government. Farmers in the state will get ‘Kalia money’ on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. On the eve of Farmers Day and Akshay Tritiya, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will send the aid to the farmers’ accounts on Friday. In a special virtual ceremony, the Chief Minister will start sending the money to the accounts of the state’s Kalia scheme beneficiaries.
In the run-up to the 2019 elections, the state government has launched an innovative ‘Kalia’ scheme to help farmers in the state with Kharif and rabi crops. The controversy erupted over Kalia before and after the polls, with the last time the Chief Minister distributed ‘Kalia’ aid in the second week of February. A total of 5.3 million farmers benefited. A total of Rs 1,272 crore was sent to the accounts of 1.6 million landless people, including 3.7 million small and marginal farmers. The government is providing assistance to farmers to buy better seeds, fertilizers, and accessories for their farming.