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Centre planning to roll out at Rs 4,000 to farmers before key polls

Centre planning to roll out at Rs 4,000 to farmers before key polls
Goyal had also said that the scheme will be launched from this fiscal onwards and the first instalment of Rs 2,000 will be given by March. Image Credit: Pixabay

The Centre is gearing up to give two instalments amounting to Rs 4,000 directly to eligible farmers under the newly announced PM-KISAN scheme before the Lok Sabha elections, a senior agriculture ministry official said Wednesday. In the interim-budget, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced the direct income support scheme called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) under which Rs 6,000 per year will be given in three instalments directly into the bank account of 12 crore eligible small and marginal farmers owning land up to 2 hectares.

Goyal had also said that the scheme will be launched from this fiscal onwards and the first instalment of Rs 2,000 will be given by March. "The states are in the process of identifying the eligible farmers. The initial list of beneficiaries should be ready soon," the official told PTI.

Many states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra have digitalised land records. Telangana, Odisha and Jharkhand too have got the data as these states too have announced similar schemes, the official said. Asked if two instalments will be given before the Lok Sabha elections, the official said, "we are getting ready for that. We are hopeful of transferring two instalments amounting Rs 4,000 before the Lok Sabha elections."

Since the scheme is being rolled out this fiscal, its implementation will not be affected when the model code of conduct kicks in anytime next month, the official added. The Lok Sabha elections are due in April-May.

As per the guidelines of PM-KISAN, all institutional landholders, those holding constitutional posts, all serving or retired officers, employees of central and state government as well as Public sector Undertakings (PSUs), retired pensioners whose monthly pension is more than Rs 10,000, income taxpayers and professionals like doctors and engineers are excluded from the scheme. The government has set February 1, 2019, as the cut-off date for determining the eligibility of beneficiaries under the scheme and no changes thereafter will be considered to avail the benefit under the scheme for next five years.

The ownership of land which has been transferred between December 1, 2018, and January 31, 2019, will be eligible for benefits under the scheme. However, the first instalment will be given proportionate from the date of transfer.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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