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Budget bonanza for 30,000 Goan farmers soon

Rs 6,000 annual payment; list of farmers in the making

Story: The | Goan | 13th February 2019, 02:59 Hrs

>> Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi is an initiative by Government of India
>> Small and marginal farmers who have less than 2 hectares of landholding will get upto Rs 6,000 per year as minimum income support
>> The scheme was announced by Piyush Goyal during the 2019 Interim Union Budget
>> Rs 6,000 per year will be paid to each eligible farmer in three instalments and will be deposited directly to their bank accounts

PANAJI: Beginning next month, around 30,000 farmers from the state are expected to benefit from the 'Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana' which announced by interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in the recent Union Budget. The Goa Agriculture Department is already in the process of preparing a list of eligible farmers to provide the benefit of Rs 6000 annually which will be deposited directly into the accounts of small and marginal farmers.
The central ministry has taken the implementation of this scheme on high priority. Last week, Goa Chief Secretary, agriculture officials from the State and Centre discussed implementation of the scheme via video conferencing.
The central ministry has been conducting weekly review on the progress made in the implementation of the scheme.
The Goa Agriculture Department officials have started working on the preparation of a list of eligible farmers from the database of farmers who hold Krishi cards.
Farmers holding less than 2 acres of land and who are not government servants, MLAs or pensioners drawing more that 10 thousand pension will be eligible for benefit under the scheme.
As per the scheme, farmers will be disbursed get Rs 6,000 in three installments of Rs 2000 in one year. The government is planning to release the first installment in March soon after the agriculture department uploads the data of eligible farmers in the online portal. Before the second installment, farmers will have to provide additional information about their Krishi card and Aadhar card links.
This is a 100 per cent central funded scheme and the Goa government will not add any fund to it. Only land owning farmers will get the benefit, not tenant land tiller farmers.
This is the first scheme in India which gives direct benefit to the farmer and government has allocated 100 lakh crores budget to it.
Presently, farmers in Goa are availing subsidy-based incentives provided through Central and Goa government funding.
Last year, around Rs 50 crore subsidy was disbursed to farmers in the State for various agriculture-related activities and machinaries.