Aadhaar link bank account eligible for pmkisan funding

PM-Kisan dues to be transferred only to Aadhaar-linked bank ac/s

Jan Aadhaar

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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