NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi released installments of over Rs 18,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) program on Friday to more than 9 million beneficiary farming families.
Under the PM-Kisan scheme, eligible beneficiary farmers are provided with a financial benefit of Rs.6000 / – per year, payable in three equal quarterly installments of Rs.2000 / – each.
During the ongoing agricultural protests, the Prime Minister also interacted with farmers from six different states at the event via video conference.
Several central ministers, parliamentarians, MLA and BJP office representatives attended the event from their constituencies, while others went among the electorate to hear the prime minister’s interaction with farmers scheduled for the birth anniversary of the former premier AB Vajpayee.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Smriti Irani attended the event via videoconference from Delhi, Silchar, Hapur and Amethi respectively.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s speech:
* Today, 18,000 crore rupees were directly deposited into the bank accounts of over 9 crore farming families across the country with one click. Since this scheme began, more than 1 lakh 10 thousand crore of rupees have reached the farmers’ account.
* Today I am sorry that more than 70 lakh farmers and my brother and sisters in West Bengal were unable to obtain this benefit. More than 23 lakh Bengal farmers have applied online to take advantage of this scheme. But the state government stopped the verification process a long time ago.
* Mamata Banerjee’s ideology destroyed Bengal. His actions against the peasants hurt me a lot. Why is the opposition silent on this?
* The parts that do not speak for the interests of West Bengal farmers come here to Delhi and talk about farmers. These parties that today talk about APMC-mandis have forgotten that there are no APMC-mandis in Kerala. These people never protest in Kerala.
* Those who have ruled Kerala for years join Punjab farmers for selfies, but do nothing for the messaging system in their own state.
* We aimed to reduce the input cost of the country’s farmers. We have introduced the soil health card, neem urea coating, scheme for millions of solar pumps. The government has tried to improve crop insurance and today, millions of farmers are benefiting from the PM crop insurance scheme.
Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s interaction with farmers:
* Arunachal Pradesh ginger growers have informed the Prime Minister that they are doing business with private companies and this has not affected their land ownership status. The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction with the farmers benefiting from the PM-Kisan installments.
* PM interacted with farmers from Naupada, Odisha, who benefited from the PM-Kisan and Kisan Credit Card program under which they were able to take advantage of loans at low interest rates. The Prime Minister urged them to spread the word about these programs among small farmers.
* A farmer from Fatehabad, Haryana, Hari Singh Bishnoi, informed the Prime Minister that they were growing rice and are now focusing on baghbani (gardening) of lemons and guavas which they can sell in their local mandates at a good price. PM Modi congratulated them on diversifying their products.
* Soybean and tur farmers in Latur, Maharashtra, informed the Prime Minister that they suffered heavy losses last year, but due to crop insurance under Prime Minister Fasal Beema Yojana, they managed to survive.
* A farmer from Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, Manoj Patidar informed the Prime Minister that he had received 10,000 Rupees PM Kisan scheme. Referring to the benefits he obtained under the new agricultural laws, Patidar said he was able to sell 85 quintals of soy to ITC.
* Rose and tomato growers in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu told the Prime Minister that the government’s program promoting the drip irrigation system has helped them cope with the region’s water shortage and increased their profits. from Rs 40K to Rs 140,000.
* Farmers in Maharajganj, UP, told the Prime Minister that they used to grow wheat but are now diversifying their crops. As many as 100 small-scale farmers have formed the Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) and are now doing business with an Ahmedabad company with zero crop waste and no change in their land rights.
Prime Minister Modi urged UP farmers to share this information with other farmers to counter political propaganda against the new agricultural laws.