Central holds meeting with state Agri ministers to review progress on the database.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reviewed the work being done on a database that will make it easy to find farmers who are eligible for the PM-KISAN and other schemes.
In a virtual meeting with state agriculture ministers, Tomar asked states to finish verifying and updating data as soon as possible so that no eligible farmer is left out of the schemes’ benefits.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, eligible farmer families receive a financial benefit of ₹ 6,000 per year, paid out in three equal payments of ₹ 2,000.
An official statement said, ‘A database is being made to make it easy to find farmers who are eligible for PM-KISAN and other schemes for farmers’ welfare that will be launched in the future.’
It will have all the information about the farmers, like their Aadhaar numbers, bank accounts, and land records. To make the database, the land records of the states will have to be turned into digital files, it said.
Since the PM-KISAN started in February 2019, 11 payments have been made. Through this scheme, more than ₹ 2 lakh crore has been given to about 11.37 crore farmers who were eligible.
Farmers who own land are the only ones who can get help from PM-KISAN.
Agriculture Ministers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar were present at the meeting.
At the meeting were also Union Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja and Additional Secretary Abhilaksh Likhi. Also Read | ₹374.78Cr due for reprocessing under PM-KISAN since its inception in 2019.
At an event to celebrate the 24th World Coconut Day on September 2, Tomar will open the Gujarat State Center of Coconut Board at Bahumali Bhavan in Junagadh.
The minister will also give out the National Awards and Export Excellence Awards to the Board.