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PM-Kisan Scheme: UP Misses 2019 Targets; No Successful Results Yet

PM- Kisan Scheme
PM- Kisan Scheme

The recent update is such that the ruling government is lacking in one of the schemes as the government has not paid the 3rd installment of Rs. 2000 to any single farmer in Uttar Pradesh. It was supposed to get delivered under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme. Also, 

more than 30 percent of the total pensioners have also not yet received the 2nd installment in resentment of Yogi Adityanath-led government’s allegations of being the best state in terms of money transfers to the farmers under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship scheme.

A large population depends on agriculture for livelihood in UP. “Rs 5,320 crore have been transferred in bank accounts of 1.58 crore farmers. All the pensioners have received the 1st installment, but the 2nd tranche has still not been paid to around 50 lakh farmers. The delay is due to the Model Code of Conduct, which was forced ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The 3rd installment is due, and the money will soon be transferred to the farmers,” said, State Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi. 

He further added, “We assure everyone not to worry. We will fulfill the promises made to the farmers. The transfer of installment to the farmers will be done soon.”

The 2nd installment under the PM- KISAN Scheme was supposed to be transferred to the farmers between April-July, while the 3rd installment was to be allocated between August-November.

While, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and other states have already transferred the 3rd installment to lakhs of farmers, but UP is still struggling to transfer the second tranche of Rs 2,000.

“Tall promises are made ahead of the elections for the benefits of the farmers, but the implementation of schemes is not done effectively. The state has missed the deadline to distribute the second installment to lakhs of farmers,” said Harinam Singh of The Bharatiya Kisan Union. 

Union Railways announced the PM-KISAN scheme and Commerce Minister and former finance minister Piyush Goyal in February this year, under which the government had decided to provide Rs 6,000 per year (in three equal installments) to an estimated 12 crore small and marginal farmers holding land up to 2 hectares.

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