Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released the next installment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) today through video conferencing. With the push of a button, the Prime Minister enabled the transfer of more than 18 thousand crore rupees to over nine crores beneficiary farmer families.
The Prime Minister also had a conversation with farmers from six different States during the event. The farmers shared their experiences about PM-KISAN and also on various other initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of farmers.
The farmers said they have received due payments under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi which have helped them enhance their produce. One of the farmers said, under PM-Kisan Yojana and crop diversification scheme he is able to sell his produce outside the APMC Mandis and earn a lot more for his family.
In his address, Mr Modi said, today, 18 thousand crore rupees have been deposited directly in the bank account of more than 9 crore farmer families of the country at one click. He said, ever since this scheme started, more than 1 lakh 10 thousand crore rupees have reached the account of farmers.
The Prime Minister said, he is pained that more than 70 lakh farmers of West Bengal have not been able to get the benefit of PM-KISAN. He said, more than 23 lakh farmers of West Bengal have applied online to take advantage of this scheme, but the state government has stopped the verification process.