Prime Minister Narendra Modi Releases Rs 18 Billion Quota Under PM-Kisan, Addresses Farmers: Key Points | India News
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released quotas of more than 18 billion rupees under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme to more than 9 million beneficiary farm families.
Under the PM-Kisan Scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 / – is provided to eligible beneficiary farmers, payable in three equal quarterly installments of Rs 2,000 / – each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
Amid ongoing protests by farmers, the prime minister also had a conversation with farmers from six different states during the event via video conference.
Several central ministers, parliamentarians, MLA and BJP officials were present in their constituencies and among the electorate to hear PM Modi’s interaction with farmers scheduled for the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Union Interior Minister, Amit Shah, was among the farmers of Delhi; the Union Minister for Road and Highway Transport, Nitin Gadkari, was in Silchar, Assam; The Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal, was in Hapur, UP; The Union’s textile minister, Smriti Irani, was present in her Amethi constituency from where they attended the prime minister’s speech.
These are the highlights of PM Modi’s interaction with farmers:
* PM Modi interacting with ginger growers in Arunachal Pradesh asked if doing business with private companies has affected their land ownership and expressed satisfaction with the farmers who benefit from PM-Kisan quotas.
* PM interacted with farmers in Naupada, Odisha, who have benefited from the PM-KISAN and Kisan credit card scheme and urged them to spread these schemes among small farmers.
* Farmers from Fatehabad, Haryana, informed the Prime Minister that they are now focusing on baghbani (gardening) of lemons and other items. PM Modi congratulated them for diversifying their products.
* Soybean and nougat farmers in Latur, Maharashtra, informed the prime minister that they suffered heavy losses last year, but due to crop insurance under Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojana, they were able to survive.
* Farmers in Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, informed the Prime Minister about the benefits they had made from the PM-Kisan scheme.
* Rose and tomato growers from Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, told the Prime Minister that the government’s plan promoting drip irrigation system helped them deal with water shortages in the region and increased their profits by Rs 40K to Rs 140,000.