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Mamata Banerjee writes to the Union agriculture minister, seeks to transfer funds to Bengal under PM-KISAN scheme | India News

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KOLKATA: Amid ongoing farmer agitation against farm laws, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday, requesting a transfer of funds under the framework of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi’s scheme of the central government.
Under this scheme, the economically weaker farmers receive a direct benefit transfer of Rs 2,000 in three installments every year. However, the plan has yet to be implemented in West Bengal.
In a letter to Tomar, Banerjee emphasized that the central government’s decision on the implementation of the scheme in West Bengal and the transfer of the required fund to the state government for subsequent disbursement to farmers through the state government machinery “is still expected. “.
“The state government is already implementing a scheme for direct transfer of funds to farmers, including sharecroppers with a death benefit scheme … More than 73 lakh farmers will benefit from the scheme,” he said.
Urging the Center to make arrangements to transfer the required fund to the state government for subsequent disbursement with full responsibility to the beneficiary farmers of the state through the machinery of the state government, he said: “After disbursement, you will be sent a list of beneficiaries to your information. I hope that a decision will be made on this very quickly and we will be told. ”
Banerjee further asked Tomar to “kindly remember” the letter written by her on September 9, 2020 about Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi’s scheme in which, TMC’s supreme had said that the scheme will be implemented in West Bengal “if the funds are sent through the state government. ”
The PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi plan was launched last year in February. It is a central scheme with 100 percent financing from the central government. Under the scheme, income support of 6,000 per year is provided in three equal installments to small and marginal farming families who have a combined ownership of land of up to 2 hectares. The state government and UT administration will identify farm families who are eligible for support under the plan guidelines.
The amount is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through the direct transfer of benefits (DBT) modality.

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