(The Gist of PIB) PM
Modi fulfils a major promise to farmers [JUNE-2019]
PM Modi fulfils a major promise to
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved
that the ambit of the Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) would be
comprehensively extended. With this decision, all land holding eligible farmer
families (subject to the prevalent exclusion criteria) would avail of the
benefits under this scheme.
More beneficiaries, greater progress:
- The revised Scheme is expected to cover around 2 crore more farmers,
increasing the coverage of PM-KISAN to around 14.5 crore beneficiaries, with
an estimated expenditure by Central Government of Rs. 87,217.50 crores for
Speed, scale and a major promise delivered:
- Today’s Cabinet decision pertaining to xpanding the ambit PM-KISAN marks
the fulfilment of a major promise made by the Prime Minister to the people
of India in the run-up to the 2019 Parliamentary elections. The BJP
manifesto too mentioned this major policy decision.
- It may also be noted that certain operational issues like lack of
updated land records in Jharkhand and lack of Aadhaar penetration in states
of Assam, Meghalaya and J&K have also been resolved. PM-KISAN: A
path-breaking support incentive for farmers:
- The genesis of the PM-KISAN Yojana dates back to the interim Budget for
the year 2019-2020.
- The key element of PM-KISAN is income support of Rs. 6000/- to the small
and marginal landholder farmer families with cultivable land holding upto 2
hectare across the country. (This has been expanded today)
- The amount is being released in three 4-monthly instalments of Rs.2000/-
each over the year, to be credited into the bank accounts of the
beneficiaries held in destination banks through Direct Benefit Transfer
- The scheme was launched in a record time of 3 weeks, on 24th February at
a huge programme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh where the first rounds of
instalments was paid to several farmers.
- So far, 1st instalment to 3.11 crore beneficiaries and 2nd instalment to
2.66 crore beneficiaries have been credited directly to the bank accounts of
the farmer families.
Serving India’s Annadatas with renewed vigour:
- PM Narendra Modi has spoken with great reverence for India’s farmers.
- He has described India’s farmers as our Annadatas who undertake great
efforts to feed 1.3 billion Indians.
- Between 2014 to 2019, numerous measures were taken to empower the
- This includes increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for 22 crops,
Soil Health Cards, PM Krishi Sinchai Yojana, PM KisanSampada Yojana, e-NAM
for better markets and more. These steps have made agriculture more
prosperous and ensured greater productivity for farmers.
- They will go a long way in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s dream of
doubling farmer incomes by 2022, when India marks 75 years of freedom.