- The Union Agriculture Minister has said that only one in four of the intended beneficiaries have received income support from the PM-Kisan scheme so far. The reason cited for the delay is a long verification process for selecting beneficiaries.
- The central government has thus announced that farmers will get benefits retrospectively from the time their names are uploaded in the database, rather than from the time their details are verified.
- The PM KISAN scheme was announced in the interim Budget 2019-20. The scheme seeks to a) provide assured supplemental income to the most vulnerable farmer families b) meet farmers emergent needs especially before the harvest season.
- Initially, the scheme sought to provide an income support of Rs 6,000/annum to small and marginalised farmers. The amount is to be transferred directly to the bank account of the beneficiaries in 3 equal instalments.
- However, recently, the Union Cabinet has approved to extend the ambit of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to cover all land holding eligible farmer families (subject to the prevalent exclusion criteria) irrespective of the size of land holdings.
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