Modi to launch next tranche of PM-Kisan, chat with farmers virtually at Christmas
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the next tranche of PM-Kisan, the direct cash transfer scheme for farmers, which will make payments worth 18 billion rupees to 80 million farmers and will also chat with them virtually on Christmas Day said the Ministry of Agriculture.
Modi had launched the first tranche in 2019 and will do so again at a time when thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, are protesting three farm laws that they say will damage their livelihoods. The government says the reforms will give farmers more market access and boost investment in the agricultural sector.
“It will be a free conversation. The Prime Minister is likely to speak about the new agricultural laws and how they will benefit farmers, ”said an official, requesting anonymity.
Under PM-Kisan, the government provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to farmers with valid registration, paid in three equal cash transfers of Rs 2,000, once every four months. It was launched on February 24, 2019, when the first installment was paid.
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The prime minister will most likely ask them impromptu questions about how they have benefited from the plan and “will inform them about what they are growing and what else they want done before the budget,” the official said.
Farmers across the country will be connected online for interaction, according to the official.
The Prime Minister also intends to receive comments on the realities of agriculture on the ground, he said.
The Modi government has stepped up its reach to stop an ongoing mass upheaval by thousands of farmers who have surrounded Delhi, calling for the removal of a set of land reform laws.
PM Modi has been frequently explaining the benefits of agricultural reforms and assuring farmers that the existing government support mechanism will continue, including the minimum price support and agricultural mandi.
“Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has expressed his feelings by writing a letter to farmer brothers and sisters, trying to maintain a polite dialogue. I ask all farmers to read it, ”Prime Minister Modi tweeted on Thursday.
Cash transfers under the program are made every four months: December to March, April to July, and August to November.