Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 9th installment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme through video conferencing on Monday. Under this, an amount of more than Rs 19,500 crore has been directly transferred to the account of more than 9.75 crore beneficiary farmers. After releasing the amount, the Prime Minister interacted with the beneficiaries of this scheme. While addressing the countrymen, PM Modi said that today India has reached the top-10 countries of the world for the first time in terms of agricultural exports. The country has set new records of agricultural exports during the Corona period. Today, when India’s identity is becoming a big agricultural exporting country.
Highlights of PM Modi’s address:
We have to work for our country to be self-sufficient in edible oil. For this the National Edible Oil Mission has been resolved. Today the country is remembering the Quit India Movement, on this historic day this resolve fills us with energy: PM Modi
A few years ago, when there was a shortage of pulses in the country, I urged the farmers of the country to increase the production of pulses. As a result, there has been an increase of almost 50 percent in the production of pulses in the country in the last 6 years: PM
– Be it Kharif or Rabi season, the government has made the biggest purchase ever from farmers at MSP. With this, about 1 lakh 70 thousand crore rupees have reached the account of paddy farmers and about 85 thousand crore rupees directly in the account of wheat farmers: PM Modi
We have experienced the changes happening around the world due to the corona pandemic in the last 1.5 years. During this period, awareness has come about the food habits in the country itself. The demand for coarse cereals, spices, vegetables, fruits, organic products is increasing rapidly: PM Modi
When the country completes 100 years of independence, what will be the condition of India in 2047, our agriculture, our farmers have a big role in deciding this. This is the time to give a direction to India’s agriculture, which can face new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities: PM Modi
This time the country is going to celebrate its 75th Independence Day. This important stage is not only a matter of pride for us, it is also an opportunity for new resolutions, new goals. We have to take this opportunity to decide where we want to see India in the coming 25 years: PM Modi
For the past several days, I have been discussing with the beneficiaries of different schemes of the government. We get to know in a better way how the benefits of the schemes made by the government are reaching the people. This is the benefit of direct connection with Janata Janardan: PM Modi
Addressing the virtual program in the presence of the Prime Minister, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that before the ninth installment, the central government transferred about Rs 1.37 lakh crore to about 11 crore beneficiaries under the scheme. The government has linked 2.28 crore PM-KISAN beneficiaries with the Kisan Credit Card scheme, under which they have been able to take loans up to 2.32 lakh crore so far.
He also said that the farmers have worked hard despite the challenges of the Corona pandemic and ensured bumper production last year. With the continuous efforts of the farmers, better production is expected in the coming days. Expressing concern over the shortage of edible oils and pulses, Tomar said that the government is focusing on boosting domestic production through several schemes so that the country is dependent on imports.
An annual financial benefit of Rs 6,000 is provided to eligible beneficiary farmer families under the PM-Kisan scheme in three equal installments of Rs 2,000 each. The scheme was announced in the budget in February 2019. The first installment was given for the period December 2018-March 2019. Funds are directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.