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Days After PM’s Praise of NCP, Sharad Pawar Meets Modi in Parliament Over Maharashtra Farmers

New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament, amid the ongoing lockdown over government formation in Maharashtra.
The meeting, which lasted for 45 minutes, was over the issue of Maharashtra farmers, but came just two days after the Prime Minister praised the NCP for its conduct in the Rajya Sabha, triggering speculations about a possible BJP-NCP coalition government in Maharashtra.
Pawar extended an invitation to PM Modi to attend the opening of a sugar mill on November 30.
The NCP chief, also a former Maharashtra Chief Minister himself, also submitted a letter to the Prime Minister, in which he said, “I’ve collected data on crop damage from 2 districts, but damage because of excessive rains extends to rest of Maharashtra, including Marathwada and Vidarbha. I’m collecting details and information regarding the same, which should be sent to you at the earliest.”
“Due to the prevalence of Presidential Rule in the state, your urgent intervention is highly necessitated. I shall be grateful, if you take immediate steps to initiate massive relief measures and ameliorate the miseries of the distressed farmers,” the NCP chief further wrote in his letter.
Maharashtra, which voted on October 21, is currently without a government despite the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance winning 161 seats, 16 more than the majority mark of 145 in the 288-seat Maharashtra Assembly. However, the BJP refused to accept the Sena’s demand to implement the 50-50 formula, which would have seen the two parties sharing the Chief Minister’s chair for 2.5 years each.
The snub prompted the Sena to enter negotiations with the NCP and the Congress and sever ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). According to reports, one formula that is in the works, would see Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister for the full five-year term with a deputy each from the NCP and the Congress, which will also get the Speaker’s post.

However, after meeting interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday, Pawar said that while the current political situation in Maharashtra was discussed, there were no talks over government formation in the state
PM Modi’s solar pumps scheme for farmers triggers job losses among EPC contract

The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme, launched in July this year to encourage farmers to use solar electricity pumps instead of high-emitting diesel pumps, has reportedly led to large-scale job losses among the EPC contractors of agriculture solar pumps.
The scheme has a target to install 17.50 lakh solar pumps in Indian farms by 2022.
Under the scheme participation of the contractors ?system integrators ? has been barred and only manufacturers of solar pumps and panels are eligible to bid for the tenders. Around 800 system integrators in India who have installed more than 2 lakh solar pumps till now across the country have been left high and dry, according to sources.
The impact has been severe on players who were forced to lay off their employees and cut their total strength to less than half, even as many of them continue to work with the bare minimum strength ever since the launch of the scheme and the first tender was floated by EESL in August, these sources added.
Gaurav Kumar, co-founder of Claro Energy, one such contractor told FE, ?We had to lay off people as there was no visibility for growth. Going ahead we expect the business to only come through maintenance jobs from existing sites.?
At present, over 30 million agricultural pumps are installed in India, out of which a third are diesel based.
It is believed over 20 million grid-connected agriculture water pumps installed in the country consume more than 17% of total annual electricity consumption of the country. Solarisation of the same can reduce dependence of these pumps on conventional sources of energy supplied by discoms and reduce the burden of subsidy on agriculture consumption. This will also provide additional source of income to farmers who will be in a position to sell the surplus power to discoms.
Sachin Singh, business head (solar water pump) Mahindra Susten, said, ?Most of these bidders (manufacturers) though have higher turnover compared to system integrators, do not have the free cash flow to execute projects. It can only be possible with the support of the system integrators who have the last mile network and technical knowhow.?

Landless labourers not covered under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme: Govt

The Centre gives income support to land-holding farmer families having cultivable land and those working in allied sectors linked to agriculture, but landless labourers cannot be provided benefits by the Centre under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, the Rajya Sabha was informed on November 22.
Replying to supplementary questions in the Upper House of Parliament, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare Parshottam Rupala said those working in allied sectors can also not be provided benefits by the Centre under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.
He said it is for the states to determine who will get the Rs 6,000 assistance under the Centre's scheme.
Replying to another supplementary question on whether landless labourers and cultivators are covered under schemes meant for farmers, Rupala said landless labourers cannot get benefits of schemes meant for farmers unless the states identify them as farmers.
In a written reply, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: "Agriculture being a state subject, the state governments undertake implementation of programmes/schemes for development of the sector. Government of India supplements the efforts of the state governments through various schemes/programmes".
He said the Central government provides income support to all land-holding farmer families in the country having cultivable land as per land records of the concerned state or Union Territory.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.

Landless Farmers Not Covered Under BJP’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was on Friday informed that the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, which supports land-holding farmer families and those working in allied sectors linked to agriculture, does not provide income or any other benefit to landless labourers.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Parshottam Rupala on Friday noted that even those working in the allied sectors will not benefit from this Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. Responding to the supplementary questions asked by members in the Upper House of Parliament on Friday, Rupala put the onus on the states to decide who will receive the assistance aid of Rs 6,000 as promised under the Centre’s scheme.
Rupala also noted that the landless labourers are not entitled to receive the benefits provided by the government schemes meant for farmers unless the state identifies them as farmers.
In a written reply, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was quoted by a report as saying, “Agriculture being a state subject, the state governments undertake the implementation of programmes/schemes for development of the sector. Government of India supplements the efforts of the state governments through various schemes/programmes”. He added that the Central government extends support to all the land-holding farmer families across India whose cultivable land is recorded in their concerned state or Union Territory.

Officials asked to correct data of PM-KISAN scheme in UP

Lucknow, Nov 24 : UP Chief Secretary R K Tiwari has asked all district magistrates in Uttar Pradesh to ensure that the anomalies in the data of farmers is rectified by November 30 so that the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi(PM-KISAN) scheme can start getting their dues from December 1.
Discrepancies in the data have led to problems in the implementation of PM-KISAN scheme, which guarantees income support of Rs 6,000 per annum to eligible farmers.
A large section of farmers, estimated to be around 1.3 crore, have been left out due to data problems.
The chief secretary's letter points out that the information of 1.11 crore farmers in UP, uploaded on the centre's portal, is incorrect.
Names of the farmers, mentioned on the portal, do not match with the name written on their Aadhaar cards.
If this is not rectified, farmers will not be able to get their fourth installment of Rs 2,000.
The letter further says that the bank account details of at least 20 lakh farmers are incorrect and were subsequently rejected by the Public Financial Management System (PFMC).
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already expressed dissatisfaction over the slow redressal of the loopholes in the implementation of PM's flagship project in the country's most populous state.
PM-KISAN scheme was announced by former Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in February this year.
Under the scheme, all small and marginal farmers are eligible to get Rs 6,000 every year in three installments as minimum income support.
The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gorakhpur ahead of the Lok Sabha elections by transferring the first installment of Rs 2,000 each to more than 1 crore farmers

PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana List 2019: These farmers to benefit - Check revised eligibility, official website

PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana list 2019: In a landmark decision in the very first cabinet meeting after taking the oath to power, PM Narendra Modi-led Union government has decided to comprehensively extend the ambit of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). Now, all land holding eligible farmer families (subject to the prevalent exclusion criteria) would avail of the benefits under this scheme. This means that in the revised list, all farmers, except those in the exclusion criteria, would be included. The revised Scheme is now expected to cover around 2 crore more farmers, increasing the coverage of PM-KISAN to around 14.5 crore beneficiaries, with an estimated expenditure by Central Government of Rs. 87,217.50 crores for the year 2019-20. 
Exclusion criteria under PM-Kisan
Previously, all landholding farmer families having cultivable landholding up to 2 hectare, whose names appear in the land records of States/UT as on 01.02.2019, were eligible to get benefit under the scheme. This has now been extended to all farmers. However, those falling in the prevalent exclusion criteria won't benefit from the scheme. These include (a) All Institutional Landholders; and (b) Farmer families in which one or more of its members belong to the following categories:
i. Former and present holders of constitutional posts
ii. Former and present Ministers/ State Ministers and former/present Members of Lok Sabha/ Rajya Sabha/ State Legislative Assemblies/ State Legislative Councils, former and present Mayors of Municipal Corporations, former and present Chairpersons of District Panchayats.
iii. All serving or retired officers and employees of Central/ State Government Ministries /Offices/Departments and its field units Central or State PSEs and Attached offices /Autonomous Institutions under Government as well as regular employees of the Local Bodies (Excluding Multi Tasking Staff / Class IV/Group D employees)
iv. All superannuated/retired pensioners whose monthly pension is Rs.10,000/-or more(Excluding Multi Tasking Staff / Class IV/Group D employees)
v. All Persons who paid Income Tax in the last assessment year.
vi. Professionals like Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Chartered Accountants, and Architects registered with Professional bodies and carrying out profession by undertaking practices. 
What is PM-KISAN
It is a path-breaking support incentive for farmers. The genesis of the PM-KISAN Yojana dates back to the interim Budget for the year 2019-2020. The key element of PM-KISAN was income support of Rs. 6000 to the small and marginal landholder farmer families with cultivable land holding up to 2 hectare across the country. This was expanded on Friday. The amount under the scheme is released in three 4-monthly instalments of Rs.2000 each over the year and credited into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries held in destination banks through Direct Benefit Transfer mode. The scheme was launched in a record time of 3 weeks, on 24th February at a huge programme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh where the first round of instalments was paid to several farmers.
The first instalment went to 3.11 crore beneficiaries and the second instalment to 2.66 crore beneficiaries was credited directly to the bank accounts of the farmer families.
PM Kisan Samman Nidhi website
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PM Kisan Samman Nidhi 2019 beneficiary list
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PM Kisan beneficiary identification
The prevailing land-ownership system/record of land in different States/Union Territories will be used to identify the intended beneficiaries for transfer of scheme benefits. Responsibility of identifying the landholder farmer family eligible for benefit under the scheme is of the State/UT Government.

PM Kisan Yojana To Go Online, Farmers Can Apply From Common Service Centres

Farmers will soon have the option of registering online for the PM Kisan scheme. The step will ease the implementation of income-supported schemes, the government said.
It is also designing a new system for farmers’ pension scheme, announcing the decision of the first cabinet meeting under the new Modi government.
Under the PM Kisan Yojna, the government gives INR 6,000 a year to all the farmers registered under the scheme. The voluntary pension scheme offers INR 3,000 per month to farmers attaining the age of 60, with an entry age of 18-40 years.
“We plan to introduce the option of online registration, where farmers can apply online from any common service centre. The form then can be verified online by the respective patwari or any authorised official of the gram panchayat. This will stem corruption and result in fast implementation of this scheme,” said a senior agriculture department official according to an ET report.
He also said that there were many disqualifications in the application due to illegible forms and information mismatch, adding that online registrations would keep a check on this process.
The range of this scheme has widened after it was extended to farmers irrespective of the land they hold. For quick disposal of applications, it becomes essential that there is an option for applying online. Online registrations would also work parallel to the existing system of registration, thus broadening its reach.
Under the current norms, farmers deposit their forms to the gram panchayat, where the authorised people verify the information.
“We have come to know about many incidents where farmers had to follow up officials and extend favour for getting the verification done. By going online, these incidents will reduce in numbers,”the official reportedly said.
So far, under the PM Kisan Yojana, the government has enrolled 36.6 Mn beneficiaries. Of these. Out of these, 30.3 Mn have been paid the first instalment of 2,000 and 19.9 Mn have received the second instalment as well.
After opening the scheme to all the farmers, the number of beneficiaries is expected to reach 145 Mn.
Taking every farmer under the net would be a time-consuming exercise. We would introduce processes which can curtail the time,” he added.
The PM Kisan Yojana is an income support scheme of INR 6,000 to marginal landholders who have a cultivable land holding of up to 2 hectares.
The amount is released in a three to four-month installment of INR 2,000. The amount is credited into the bank account of the beneficiaries in destination banks through Direct Benefit Transfer Mode. So far the government claims that there have been 3.11 Cr beneficiaries, where the second installment was credited to 2.66 Cr beneficiaries.

Union Budget 2019: UP, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra top 3 beneficiaries of PM Kisan Yojna

Union Budget 2019:  Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar had recently informed the Lok Sabha that 3.33 crore farmers' families have received the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each under the  Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme, while 2.89 crore beneficiaries had received the second installment.  
The scheme, announced in the Interim Budget in February, initially aimed to provide Rs 6,000 per year in installments to an estimated 12.5 crore small and marginal farmers holding land up to 2 hectares to help with expenses related to agriculture and allied activities as well as domestic needs. But a day after the Modi 2.0 government took oath of office, the cabinet notified a decision to extend the benefit to all 14.5 crore farmers in the country, irrespective of the size of their landholding.
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According to government data, Uttar Pradesh boasts the highest number of total beneficiaries at 1.20 crore (combining both installments). That's more than three times the number of recipient families in Andhra Pradesh, which ranks second among the Top 5 states in terms of beneficiaries. The state had 34.92 lakh beneficiaries as of June 25. The next three biggies on the list are Maharashtra (31.75 lakh beneficiaries), Gujarat (29.80 lakh) and Rajasthan (28.26 lakh).
On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh with just 12,888 total beneficiaries to date - lower than much smaller states like Tripura, Manipur, Assam and Himachal Pradesh - raises eyebrows. After all, agrarian distress in the state had cost the BJP big time in the assembly polls. Although it admittedly was a late-entrant to the scheme, Rajasthan, another Congress-ruled state, has played the catch-up game far better. Meanwhile, West Bengal under the Trinamool Congress continues to shun PM- Kisan. The farmers of Delhi and Lakshadweep are yet to benefit from the scheme, too.
According to a June 25 statement by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the government shelled out close to Rs 6,663 crore in the first installment and over Rs 5,791 crore in the second tranche. Not surprisingly, Uttar Pradesh has cornered over 35 per cent of the total pie. The second biggest beneficiary, Andhra Pradesh, is far behind with just 10 per cent of the total allocation so far.
The expanded PM Kisan scheme is expected to cost Rs 87,217.50 crore a year to the exchequer, up from the previous estimate of Rs 75,000 crore when land holding were capped at 2 hectares. The buzz is that the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman may announce an allocation to the scheme in her maiden budget and that will add to her challenge of a balancing act between making India happy and fiscally prudent.
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