On the eve of the Bihar bandh called by the left-wing parties and others on Thursday, women activists associated with Mahila Vikas Manch in Bihar launched an awareness campaign in Patna to spread awareness on NRC and CAA among people, especially women.

They marched through many areas and asked people, including students, to not be misled by any political party over NRC and CAA.

"The CAA and the NRC is nothing to worry over. Don't get misled towards agitation and disruption of public transportation without knowing the causes", they told people.

Sonal Singh, one of Mahila Vikas Manch said that the students shouldn't be made a pawn in the name of agitation over the NCR or the CAA.

They roamed across the city and appealed the people to not disturb the normal life of the public or target public transport.

"Without educating the students on the NRC and CCA, students are dragged into disruptive activities on roads. This kind of emerging trends in politics is giving a wrong message to the people", Veena Manvi of Manch said.

The members of this Manch also distributed pamphlets among the common people detailing on the NRC and CAA.

Slamming the Congress party for instilling fears in the minds of the minority community members, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday challenged Rahul Gandhi to show at least one clause of the Citizenship Amendment Act that has the provision to snatch away the citizenship of any person. 

Addressing a rally in Shimla to commemorate BJP's second year in power in Himachal Pradesh, Shah strongly defended the CCA and accused the Congress party of spreading rumours about the CAA and NRC. "Congress and company are spreading rumours that this act will take away citizenship of minorities, Muslims. I challenge Rahul baba to show even one clause in the act that has provision to take away citizenship of anyone,’’ Shah said.

"Minorities in neighbouring countries are suffering from atrocities in the name of religion have been given citizenship but Congress is misleading the public on the issue."

Shah further said that under this Act, there was no provision to take away the citizenship of anyone, even belonging to a minority community. "This Act has a provision to give citizenship to the those belonging to the minority who came from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan," he said.

Talking on cross border infiltration and taking a dig on the previous UPA Government, Shah said, "The Congress Government of Sonia-Manmohan was there for ten years. Back then, aalia-malia-jamalia from Pakistan used to infiltrate into India every day; they would cut and take our soldiers' heads. And the country's prime minister won't even make a 'uff' sound."

"Narendra Modi with his 56-inch chest is a PM who knows how to give a befitting reply to terrorists," he said.

Shah listed the scrapping of Article 370 and the Supreme Court decision that the paved way for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya among the achievements of the BJP government at the Centre.

He saluted the bravery and sacrifices of the people of Himachal Pradesh for their sacrifices for the country as he said that there has been four Paramveer Chakra winners from the state. He said that Rs 35,000 crores had been deposited in the accounts of army retirees under the one rank one pension scheme. "Dev Bhoomi is also called veer bhumi as soldiers of Himachal have sacrificed their lives for the nation and have received four Param Vir Chakras," said Shah.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and BJP working president J P Nadda were also present and addressed the rally beside other leaders.

Shah was also the chief guest at the first Ground Breaking Ceremony of Himachal Pradesh Global Investors Meet- 2019. In 2017, BJP came to power in the hill state and Jairam Thakur was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh



Benefited By Welfare Schemes, Tamil Nadu Farmer Builds Temple For PM Modi

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Farmer said he had benefitted from Centre's welfare measures and liked PM for such initiatives. (File)
A farmer has built a temple for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his farm at a village near, saying he was impressed and had benefited by welfare schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.
The 50-year old farmer, P Sankar, inaugurated the temple last week at his farm in sleepy Erakudi village about 63 km from Tiruchirappalli and performs ''aarti,'' every day.
A traditional ''kolam'' (rangoli) welcomes people to the modest, 8 x 8 ft tiled roof temple, built at a cost of about Rs 1.2 lakh and a smiling bust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is placed at the centre.
While a traditional lamp is placed on both the sides of PM Modi's bespectacled bust, it also features his trademark white beard and hairstyle.
Complete with a tilak on the forehead, the bust sports the Prime Minister in a pink kurta and a blue shawl.
The statue has been adorned with garlands and flowers.
"The work to build a temple for Ayya (a Tamil word equivalent to Sir in English and it refers here to PM Modi) began about eight months back.
I could not complete it immediately due to constraints and the temple was inaugurated last week," Sankar said.
Asked what prompted him to build a temple and offer worship, he told PTI he had benefitted from Centre's welfare measures and liked the Prime Minister for such initiatives.
"I received Rs 2,000 (Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi) scheme for farmers, gas (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) and toilet (Individual Household Latrine Scheme) facilities," he said.
"I like him for his personality as well. I have been keenly watching him for long."
Asked if Sankar was a party worker, BJP's Tiruchirappalli Zonal in charge and national council member La Kannnan said the farmer was not a member.
"I sent our party office-bearers to meet him after I came to know about this temple for Modi ji. We have requested him to join the BJP and work for people's welfare," he told PTI.
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Sankar said he has consented to become a member of the BJP since he "liked Ayya."
"Now my desire is to perform a proper Kumbabishekam (consecration) for the temple," he said.
Keen to see the Prime Minister in person, Sankar said he went to Mamallapuram near Chennai in October when PM Modi visited the seashore town for an informal summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
"I could not meet him. But I am happy to got a glimpse of his cavalcade from a distance," he said.
The farmer said he was self made man after struggling for years in a Gulf country to buy land in his village.
The temple has portraits of deities, Mahatma Gandhi, noted freedom fighter and Congress icon K Kamaraj, AIADMK stalwarts M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Home Minister Amit Shah and Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter K Palaniswami.
The number of farmers trained by government has increased significantly in at least one programme, if the figures given in the Lok Sabha are any indication.
In a recent reply to a question, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, said training was given to 5.11 lakh farmers under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 3.42 lakh for the whole of 2018-19. This amounts to a growth of 49.48 per cent over the full financial year of 2018-19.

He said NFSM is being implemented in identified districts of 28 States and two Union Territories (UTs) of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir to increase the production and productivity of rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and nutri cereals (millets) through area expansion and productivity enhancement.
However, the numbers related to farmers training give a different picture in the case of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
The Minister said 1,942 farmers have been trained in MIDH till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 1.91 lakh for whole of 2018-19. MIDH, which is a Centrally-sponsored scheme, is being implemented for holistic growth of the horticulture sector, covering fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic plants, coconut, cashew, cocoa and bamboo. All States and UTs are covered under MIDH. Another Centrally-sponsored scheme on ‘Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms’, which is popularly known as Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme, is under implementation in 684 districts and five UTs. According to the Minister, 7.73 lakh farmers were trained under ATMA till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 19.18 lakh for whole of 2018-19.
ATMA scheme promotes decentralised extension system with the objective of supporting State governments’ efforts to revitalise the extension system and making available the latest agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices in different thematic areas of agriculture and allied areas to farmers. The extension activities under ATMA include farmers’ training, demonstrations, exposure visits, kisan melas, mobilisation of farmers groups, and organising farm schools, etc.
The Minister said that 15.75 lakh farmers were trained in various thematic areas by Krishi Vijnan Kendras (KVKs) during 2018-19. It did not give figures for the current financial year.
As many as 716 KVKs of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have mandate of technology assessment, demonstration and capacity development of farmers. KVKs are imparting training to farmers for getting higher agricultural production and income.
Four Farm Machinery Training and Testing Institutes (FMTTIs) in the country have trained 5723 candidates till December 3 of 2019-20 as against 9905 for the whole of 2018-19.
These FMTTIs –– which are located at Budni in Madhya Pradesh, Hissar in Haryana, Ananthapur in Andhra Pradesh, and Biswanath Chariali in Assam – are engaged in imparting training to various categories of trainees, including farmers, in the field of farm mechanisation
over 44 lakh farmers have received waiver amounting to Rs 18,761 crore under the scheme, senior officials said.
Just as the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government is set to roll out a new farm loan waiver scheme in Maharashtra, it has been learnt that more than five lakh farmers with outstanding loans are yet to avail the waiver sanctioned by the previous Devendra Fadnavis regime, though the amount has been allotted to the respective banks in which they have accounts.
According to official figures, the Fadnavis government had finalised a list of 54 lakh farmers eligible for the loan waiver scheme announced in 2017, for which a sum of Rs 27,000 crore was allotted. This list of beneficiaries was described as a “green” list, as it was cleared after multi-layer screenings and application of several filters, as well as a ground-level verification.
The latest records show that so far, over 44 lakh farmers have received waiver amounting to Rs 18,761 crore under the scheme, senior officials said.
Ten lakh farmers’ accounts, which were on the sanctioned green list, have so far not availed the benefit. Of these, about 4.5 lakh accounts belong to those farmers who had applied for the one-time settlement scheme, announced as part of the previous waiver for loan arrears of over Rs 1.5 lakh payable by June 30, 2016. “There was a pre-condition that the beneficiary must first settle loan arrears over and above the Rs 1.5 lakh to avail the benefit,” an official said.But it is the remaining 5.5 lakh accounts that have rung alarm bells in the government. Despite a full loan waiver benefit sanctioned in the case of these accounts, sources said that the banks are yet to claim the waiver amount and close the loans.
Requesting anonymity, a senior official said that the unclaimed waivers have raised questions about the account holders and the scrutiny exercise to determine the green list.
Officials cited these unclaimed accounts as the reason why the Thackeray government will roll out its own loan waiver scheme in a phased manner. A full fledged investigation is expected to take place, but right now, the government’s priority was to implement the recently announced scheme, a senior official said.
On December 27, the Sena-led government had announced a full waiver for those who had availed loans between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2019, and whose total arrears as by September-end stood at Rs 2 lakh or less.
While the government has already come under pressure to widen the scheme’s ambit, Finance Minister Jayant Patil on Saturday said the government plans to roll out either a part or a full waiver scheme even for those whose arrears were over the Rs 2-lakh mark, and another incentive scheme for farmers who pay loan dues regularly. The state is collecting data regarding the farmers who have arrears above Rs 2 lakh, he added.
“Through the implementation of various farmer welfare schemes, Aadhar data has already been seeded with the bank accounts in the case of the 60 per cent of the proposed beneficiaries. Instructions to finish seeding off the data for the remaining accounts within a fortnight has been issued. Once this is done, the data will be proof checked on ground before the loans are written off,” the official said.
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Don’t go for DBT of fertiliser subsidy: Farm bodies to finance minister

 Farmers’ organisations and experts have sought that the government ignore suggestions for ‘direct benefit transfer’ (DBT) of fertiliser subsidy. They have also demanded setting up of a high-level commission to deal with farmers’ issues.

These are parts of multiple suggestions submitted by farm experts and farmer groups to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier this week as inputs during pre-budget consultations on the agriculture sector.


Their other suggestions are inclusion of tenant farmers and share-croppers under ‘income support scheme’ (PM-Kisan), legislation to ensure income security for farmers, separate skill registry for agri work force, revamping of crop insurance scheme, removal of GST on agri inputs, creating a market intelligence system and registration of actual cultivators.

“A system where subsidy is given in the name of the farmer can objectively be reviewed when farmers’ organisations form a part of the review process. Savings could be in thousands of crores,” Ajay Vir Jakhar of Bharat Krishak Samaj suggested to the ministry while seeking scrapping of the proposal to give fertiliser subsidy through DBT.

Jakhar, who attended the pre-budget meeting on Tuesday, said fertiliser subsidy through DBT would have only one winner — the fertiliser industry. “It is solely designed to transfer the burden of collecting subsidy from the industry to farmers,” he said.

Similar suggestions were forwarded by another farmers’ group, Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture (ASHA), which wants a “rethink” on the issue.

“It has serious implementation problems, and once again, actual cultivators including tenants and share-croppers will be left out and the subsidy will instead go to whoever has the ‘patta’ passbook for the land,” said Kavitha Kuruganti of ASHA.

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), the farm wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is learnt to have suggested in the meeting that there should be zero GST on farm inputs such as fertilisers, seed and agri equipment. It also sought that the ministry ban futures trading in agri commodities, arguing that the current practice did not benefit consumers and farmers.

Since tenant farmers and share-croppers currently miss the benefits under various schemes, including PM-Kisan which allows only landholders to get Rs 6,000 per annum, ASHA sought to highlight their plight. It demanded that the PM-Kisan scheme should include tenant farmers and share-croppers as beneficiaries, and a specific allocation of up to Rs 20,000 crore should be made for it in the next budget. Both ASHA and Bharat Krishak Samaj suggested setting up a high-level statutory farmers’ commission. Demanding that the government announce the constitution of a National Farmers’ Income Commission in its 2020-21 budget, Kuruganti said, “This should be a standing commission backed by a statute, whose mandate would be to assess farmers’ incomes across the country, in different regions under different crops, and to analyse and recommend specific steps that need to be taken to achieve doubling of farm incomes.” Referring to Bharat Krishak Samaj’s suggestion on ‘statutory farmers’ commission’, Jakhar said, “Its mandate must include to review existing interventions, recommend new initiatives, re-purposing of existing subsidies and allocation of resources.”


The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme has transferred financial benefits to around 7.6 crore farmers till November 30.

Interestingly, more than 20 per cent of the beneficiaries are from Uttar Pradesh.

The Centre had implemented PM-Kisan, an income support scheme for farmers to enable them take care of expenses related to agriculture and allied activities as well as domestic needs, with effect from December 1, 2018.

Launched on February 24, the scheme provides eligible beneficiaries ₹6,000 a year, in three instalments of ₹2,000 each.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, had stated that 7.6 crore got the financial benefit under ‘PM-Kisan’ scheme till November 30. His reply had estimated the number of holdings for transfer of benefits at 14 crore till November 30.

In another reply, the Minister gave State-wise break-up of beneficiaries. According to that list, the number of beneficiaries from Uttar Pradesh stood at 1.70 crore, accounting for around 22.37 per cent of total number of beneficiaries. It was followed by Maharashtra at 70.47 lakh (9.26 per cent), and Karnataka at 46.91 lakh (6.16 per cent).

Around 32.81 lakh (4.31 per cent) beneficiaries from the North-East States got the benefit of the scheme till November 30.Of the 7.6 crore beneficiaries, 5.96 crore (78.36 per cent) were from the general category, 92 lakh (12.09 per cent) from the Scheduled Castes (SC) category, and 72.55 lakh (9.53 per cent) were from the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.

The share of beneficiaries from the ST category stood at 99.59 per cent in Nagaland, 97 per cent in Meghalaya, 95.43 per cent in Mizoram, 84.27 per cent in Manipur, and 52.97 per cent in Tripura.

There was no SC beneficiary in Punjab till November 30.

The Minister said in the reply that ₹75,000 crore wasallocated for the scheme for 2019-20, and around ₹35,000 crore has been disbursed so far.

According to data available on the ‘PM-KISAN Samman Nidhi’ portal, the total number of beneficiaries stood at 8.45 crore (as on December 20). Of this, UP accounted for a major share of 1.92 crore beneficiaries. This was followed by Maharashtra (79.59 lakh), Rajasthan (56.11 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (53.45 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (50.76 lakh) and Bihar (50.45 lakh).

The PM-Kisan as a tool to prop up sagging rural demand, recording of tenancy to help the real cultivators and streamlining of agricultural subsidies could be three important themes for Indian agriculture in 2020.

With the defeat in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in December 2018, the Government realised that to win rural votes in the General Elections in May 2019, it needed to do something big and urgently. It found ₹20,000 crore in 2018-19 (Revised Estimate) and PM Kisan was announced in the Interim Budget. An amount of ₹6,000 per annum was to be paid to all small and marginal farmers with retrospective effect from December 2018.

Direct income support to farmers has been under discussion for several years but it was always felt that the country cannot afford it and it can only come in lieu of other subsidies. After the elections, the Government allocated ₹75,000 crore in the 2019-20 and in a wrong decision, extended it to medium and big farmers also.

During December 2018-March 2019, 4.74 crore landholders received the money under PM-Kisan. However, the scheme slowed down a bit and from April to November 2019, with only ₹36,000 crore paid to farmers. In a slowing economy, faster pace of transferring money can help in increasing rural demand. An incidental benefit of PM-Kisan is correction of land records but precise data on progress made has not been made available.

So far, money under PM-Kisan has been given to all land holders and the Government has not differentiated between rain-fed farmers and irrigated farmers or crops procured and not procured. The government can begin with rain-fed areas as they are more deserving than big farmers in irrigated areas.

Subsidies to agriculture in 2013-14 amounted to ₹1.36 lakh crore (at 2011-12 prices). It is known that they are inefficiently utilised. Can the model of PM-Kisan be used to directly transfer existing subsidies on bank interest, electricity, irrigation and fertiliser, etc?

Since money under PM-Kisan has gone to land holders recorded in revenue records, the tenant farmers and actual tillers have been left high and dry. There is no data to show that landlords have shared their income from PM-Kisan or reduced their rentals for tenants.

This is the crux of problem due to which there is no progress on direct benefit transfer (DBT) of urea subsidy (₹57,099 crore in 2019-20). It is feared that DBT of fertiliser subsidy will go to land holders and actual cultivators will find urea at market prices too expensive. This may adversely impact food production. So the correct identification of tenant farmers, who actually cultivate the land (but do not own it), is necessary before DBT of fertiliser can be undertaken.


The Centre has to play a leading role in resolving this long enigma of actual cultivators not getting benefit of agricultural subsidies.

In 2020, the Government would do well to focus on rural economy.

The author was a Union Agriculture Secretary. Now, he is Visiting Senior Fellow, ICRIER.

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UP tops in PM-KISAN scheme implementation

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Uttar Pradesh has topped in the implementation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme with a total payout of more than Rs 10,000 crore to the beneficiary farmers.
Since the scheme was launched, nearly Rs 36,000 crore have so far been transferred to farmers’ bank accounts across India. In UP, payment of Rs 10,000 crore has been made to the bank accounts of farmers and comprises nearly 28 per cent of the total disbursal.
Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said the total number of beneficiaries under PM-KISAN scheme was likely to touch 2.9 crore-mark against the current estimate of 2.3 crore farmers, by 2021.
Shahi said that so far, the data of 1.83 crore farmers in the state had already been forwarded to the Centre under the scheme, out of which over 1.7 crore farmers had received payments. He further said that the process of enrolling beneficiaries and ensuring payment to the left out beneficiaries was underway.
The PM-KISAN entitles beneficiaries to payment of Rs 6,000 annually, payable in equal instalment of Rs 2,000 every four months (December, March, April-July and August-November cycles).
Shahi said that 1.73 crore  farmers had received Rs 3,458 crore as the first instalment and the corresponding figure for second, third and fourth instalments stood at 1.6 crore farmers and Rs 3,187 crore; 1.25 crore farmers and Rs 2,494 crore; and 52 lakh farmers and Rs 1,052 crore, respectively.
Earlier this month, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had informed the Rajya Sabha that around 7.6 crore farmers in India had been given benefit under PM-KISAN scheme till November 30.
Initially, the PM-KISAN scheme had targeted to benefit 12 crore small and marginal farmers, of which UP topped with 2.15 crore or 18 per cent of the beneficiaries. However, in its first cabinet meeting on May 31, the Modi 2.0 government, as promised in 2019 poll manifesto, removed all preconditions and brought all farmers, numbering 145 million across India, under the scheme’s ambit.
Shahi further said, “Between October 1 and December 10, 2019, more than 5,510 incidents of stubble burning had been reported in UP. He said action was initiated against 218 individuals and 526 government officials and employees while 1,867 FIRs were lodged for stubble burning in UP and 126 accused were arrested.”
Moreover, he said, the government had slapped fines totalling Rs 2.37 crore on the accused of which Rs 66 lakh had already been realised.
The UP Agriculture Minister further said that the Yogi Adityanath government was committed to following the directives of Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal (NGT) and was actively taking steps to curb stubble burning.
From this month onwards, funds under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-Kisan) will be transferred to only Aadhaar-authenticated bank accounts of eligible farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in Lok Sabha on December 10.
Under PM-Kisan scheme, the government is providing Rs 6,000 per annum in three equal installments to 14 crore farmers. The amount is directly transferred into the bank accounts of beneficiaries.
Aadhaar was made optional for availing the first installment (December 2018 - March 2019) except for farmers of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir who have been exempted till March 2020. However, Aadhaar number was mandated for getting the second tranche of money. Due to delay in Aadhaar seeding, the condition was relaxed for till November 30 for availing both second and third installments.
"The mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of beneficiaries' data continues to be applicable for release of all installments falling due with effect from December 1, 2019 onward," Tomar said in his written reply to the Lower House.
The government has transferred funds under the scheme to 7.60 crore beneficiary till November 30. About Rs 35,882.8 crore has so far been disbursed to beneficiaries, he said.
Registration of farmers for this scheme and subsequent installment-wise transfer of benefits to them, the minister said is a "continuous and ongoing process."
The transfer of funds to the identified eligible beneficiaries takes place as and when their correct and verified data are uploaded by the concerned state governments on PM-Kisan web-portal, he said, adding that the speed with which error-free beneficiaries' data is uploaded differs from state to state.
The Minister further said that the data of beneficiaries so suploaded by the state government undergoes a multi-level verification and validation by various concerned agencies, including the banks. This entire proces is replicated for transfer of every instalment.
"Hence, at any time of time, there remains substantial unprocessed data of beneficiaries which are taken care of in due course of time," Tomar said while responding to query on delay in release of first installment.
Accordingly, the release of installments to beneficiary farmers are in various stages of progress. "Some farmers have got all three installments, some only two and some only one, depending upon the four-monthly period in which they have been first registered by the concerned state governments," he added.
To further facilitate registration of farmers, the minister said an exclusive 'Farmers corner' has been provided in the PM-Kisan portal through which farmers can do their self-registration. Farmers can also edit their names as per their Aadhaar card.
Farmers can also know the status of their payment through the Farmers Corner. Common Service Centres have also been authorised to assist the farmers in this regards, he added.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.

Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojna 2019: How to Get Rs 3,000 Pension | Know Details Here

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Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojna 2019:  Introduced in 2019, the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana (PM-SYM) has seen registration of more than 32 lakh people till date for the scheme that assures a monthly pension of at least Rs 3,000 for poor people. This pension scheme is provided to workers in unorganised sector who are above 60 years of age.
“We are launching Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan. The scheme will provide assured monthly pension of Rs 3,000, with a contribution of 100 rupees per month, for workers in unorganised sector after 60 years of age,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. The minister had said this while presenting the Interim Budget for 2019-20.
Who can avail this scheme?
People working in unorganized sector with a monthly income of 15,000 or less and in the age group of 18-40 years can apply for the scheme. The prime requirement is they should not be paying income tax or be covered by any other schemes such as National Pension Scheme, Employees’ State Insurance Corp scheme or the Employees’ Provident Fund scheme.
How to get enrolled in the scheme:
People interested to avail the benefits from the scheme should visit the nearest common service centres (CSCs) to get themselves enrolled. And there, they need to open a savings bank account or Jan Dhan account. They need to carry Aadhaar card with them to open this pension account. More 3 lakh CSCs are there across the country to help these people to open their account.
How to exit this scheme?
If somebody wants to exit this scheme in less than 10 years of time, then his/her share of contribution will be returned with a savings bank interest rate. And suppose, somebody plans to exit after 10 years of time before turning 60, then his/her share of contribution along with accumulated interest as actually earned by the fund or at the savings bank interest rate whichever is higher, will be returned.
How does it work?
The minister has said that a worker interested to join the scheme on attaining 29 years of age or above will have to contribute Rs 100 per month, while those joining the at the age of 18 will have to contribute Rs 55 per month. The contribution amount for the first month will be paid in cash and the scheme holders will be provided with a receipt.

Goyal has also said that this scheme will be in addition to the life insurance scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and accident insurance scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).

New Delhi: Registration of Pradhan Mantri Shram-Yogi Maandhan Pension Scheme is going on. Prior to this scheme, the National Pension System and the Atal Pension Scheme were for the people. There is a provision for fixed pension in the Atal Pension and Shram-Yogi Maandhan Yojana, in which the guarantee is received from the government. The Shram-Yogi Maandhan Scheme is for the unorganized sector.
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Prime Minister Shramayogi Maandhan Pension Yojana Any worker belonging to the unorganized sector, whose age is below 40 years and not availing any government scheme, can take advantage of it. Workers belonging to the unorganized sector, household workers, drivers, rickshaw drivers, construction workers, waste pickers, bidi workers can benefit from this. The government will give a monthly pension of Rs 3 thousand to the people involved in this scheme. The government and pensioners will pay the same amount for the pension.
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The person applying must have a savings bank account and Aadhaar card. The age of the person should not be less than 18 years and not more than 40 years. If someone starts this scheme from the age of 18, then they have to deposit Rs 55 every month. At the same time, the person who starts this scheme from the age of 40 years, will have to deposit 200 rupees every month. After completion of 60 years of age, you will start getting a pension.
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As many as 18.80 lakh farmers have so far enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana (PM-KMY), a pension scheme for small and marginal farmers, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
Under the scheme launched in September this year, farmers between 18 and 40 years of age will get Rs 3,000 monthly pension after reaching 60. The scheme has an outlay of Rs 10,774 crore for next three years.
All small and marginal farmers who are currently between 18 to 40 years of age can apply for the scheme.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said PM-KMY is a voluntary and contributory pension scheme for small and marginal farmers.
As on November 29, 18,80,249 farmers have registered for the scheme. This includes 52,994 farmers from Madhya Pradesh.
A total of 612 farmers enrolled from Bhind district and 382 farmers from Datia district of the state, he said.
These are dynamic figures which keep on changing on further registrations by farmers, he added.
"It is estimated that about 3 crore small and marginal farmers... may benefit from the scheme. Since it is a voluntary scheme, it is not feasible to indicate the time by which all the farmers would avail benefit under the scheme," the minister said.
He further said there is no provision for nomination or selection of farmers by the government for the scheme.
All small and marginal farmers across the country who are not otherwise covered under the exclusion criteria of the scheme are eligible to enrol themselves for PM-KMY
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PM-Kisan dues to be transferred only to Aadhaar-linked bank ac/s

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The fourth instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-Kisan) due this month will be transferred only to Aadhaar-authenticated bank accounts of eligible farmers. This will be the first time since the launch of this scheme in February that the Government insists on the mandatory condition of Aadhaar seeding.
In a reply to the Lok Sabha, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of beneficiaries’ data continues to be applicable for release of all installments falling due with effect from December 1, 2019, onward. The instalment for the December 2019 to March 2020 will be transferred to Aadhaar-authenticated bank accounts at one goes from this month.
Under the PM Kisan Samman Yojna, the Government is providing income support of Rs 6,000 per year to all farmer families in the country, paid in instalments of Rs 2,000 every four months. The amount is directly transferred into the bank accounts of beneficiaries. As per the Agriculture Ministry’s data, the total numbers of beneficiaries are more than 7.6 crore farmer families.
Aadhaar was made optional for availing the first installment (December 2018-March 2019) except for farmers of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir who have been exempted till March 2020. However, Aadhaar number was mandated for getting the second tranche of money. Due to delay in Aadhaar seeding, the condition was relaxed for till November 30 for availing both second and third installments.
Barring West Bengal all states are implementing the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme (PM Kisan) which has benefited 7.5 crore farmers so far, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Under the PM-Kisan scheme, the government provides Rs 6,000 annually to farmers.
'This scheme is being implemented in all states barring West Bengal. As far as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab are concerned, all the three states have joined the scheme and are providing farmers data,' Tomar said during Question Hour.
He said, '7.5 crore farmers have got money. 5 crore farmers are linked with Aadhaar and we will disburse the amount this year.' On waiver of loans, the minister said history has been witness that waiving off debt is not a solution to the problem and added that it had been done also during the tenure of former PM Manmohan Singh.
'This is not the question of any particular party or government...The state government is responsible to implement it...Centre is not in a position to do anything,' he said and added that steps are on to empower farmers including PM Kisan yojna besides increasing the MSP 1.5 times.
Kailash Choudhary, MoS, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare during a supplementary said that if loan waiver announcements were done in states, states were responsible to implement it.
He said in Madhya Pradesh, loans of 20 lakh out of 80 lakh farmers were waived off while in Punjab loans of only 5 lakh out of 34 lakh farmers were waived off.
He said in Rajasthan loans of 20 lakh farmers out of 79 lakh were waived off.
He said in MP only 7,154 crore were waived off out of Rs 36,500 crore under Mukhyamantri Fasal Rin Mafi Yojana Year- 2018-19 while in Rajasthan only Rs 4,501.04 crore of farmers were waived off out of Rs 10,000 crore under Crop Loan Waiver Scheme Year-2017-18.
He said the motive of the PM Kisan scheme was to empower farmers and stressed the government will ensure that farmers income doubles by 2022.
A number of steps have been taken to strengthen farmers and the idea was to empower farmers to provide loans, he said.
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Centre Releases PM-KISAN Funds To Over 43 Lakh Andhra Farmers Till November

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Till November 2019 about 46.86 lakh farmers have been enrolled under the PM-KISAN scheme
New Delhi:
As many as 43.20 lakh farmers from Andhra Pradesh have received funds from the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-Kisan) till November this year, under which the central government gives Rs 6,000 per annum in three equal installments.
As per the agriculture ministry data, till November this year about 46.86 lakh farmers have been enrolled under the scheme in Andhra Pradesh, out of which the central government has released funds to 43.20 lakh farmers.
Among districts, the funds were released to about 4.72 lakh farmers in Anantapur, 4.05 lakh in Kurnool, 4 lakh in East Godavari, 3.89 lakh in Guntur, 3.75 lakh in Chittoor, 3.48 lakh in Prakasam, 3.22 lakh in West Godavari and 3.04 lakh in Krishna so far.
Besides, the funds were released to 2.83 lakh farmers in Visakhapatanam, 2.56 lakh in YSR district, 2.40 lakh in Vizianagaram and 2.28 lakh in Nellore, the data showed.
The target is to cover 83.82 lakh farmers in Andhra Pradesh under the scheme.
Under the PM-Kisan scheme, which was launched in February this year, the central government has transferred funds to 7.60 crore beneficiary across the country till November 30. About Rs 35,882.8 crore has so far been disbursed to beneficiaries.
From December onwards, the Centre has decided to transfer funds under the PM-Kisan to only Aadhaar-authenticated bank accounts of eligible farmers.
According to the ministry, the release of installments to beneficiary farmers are in various stages of progress. Some farmers have got all three installments, some only two and some only one, depending upon the four-monthly period in which they have been first registered by the concerned state governments. 
Odisha government has reduced the financial assistance given to farmers under the Kalia scheme to Rs 4,000 per annum from Rs 10,000, officials said on Saturday.
The decision to reduce the Kalia assistance was taken after the Odisha government merged the Kalia scheme with the Centres Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), launched in February 2019, they said.
"Keeping the parity of both the schemes, the small farmers/marginal farmers may be given with Rs 5,000 for 2019- 20 and Rs 4,000 per year from 2020-21, so that they will get Rs 10,000 annually i.e Rs 6,000 from PM-KISAN and Rs 4,000 from KALIA," the notification issued by the Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment department said.
As all the eligible farmers will get assistance from PM-KISAN from 2019-20, no assistance for Rabi-2019 will be given under the Kalia scheme to these farmers, the notification said, adding that the beneficiaries, who have not yet received financial assistance during 2018-19 under Kalia scheme, will also be provided assistance for Rabi 2018-19.
"The actual cultivators (share croppers) who are landless, if any, will continue to get assistance from Kalia i.e Rs 10,000 annually, since they are not considered under PM-KISAN," the notification said.
This apart, the state government also made it clear that applications from big/large farmers will be collected through online as the big/large farmers are eligible to get assistance from PM-KISAN scheme which is Rs 6,000 per annum.
The notification also said that the farmers residing under urban local bodies will not be considered for both the schemes. Both PM-Kisan and Kalia will have common exclusion criteria.
The notification further said: "As the Cooperation department has decided to provide interest free crop loan up to Rs 1 lakh to all farmers, so component i.e 'interest free crop loan' under Kalia which had a provision to provide interest free crop loan up to Rs 50,000 to all farmers has been subsumed and need not be further considered under Kalia."
Since the number of beneficiaries under Kalia has increased so that no one will be left out, the notification said, adding that the component of "financial assistance to vulnerable agricultural households" is dropped from Kalia.
It also said that since the Kalia scheme has been widely accepted by the farming community, the scheme will be extended till the PM-KISAN scheme continues.
Opposition BJP and Congress have strongly criticised the state governments act of merging the Kalia scheme with the PM-KISAN while Odishas leading farmers body Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) has decided to file complaints in all police station against the chief minister for making "false promises" to the farmers before elections.
"Our activists will lodge complaints against the chief minister in all the police stations on December 16," said NNKS convenor Akshya Kumar.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the Kalia scheme, the state's own's farmer welfare scheme on December, 2018. It was promised during the launch of the scheme that financial assistance of Rs 10,000 would be provided to small and marginal farmers in two instalments for separate crops in a year.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.
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