The government has rolled out the central sector program – Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) to provide financial assistance of up to Rs 6,000 per year to marginalized small farmers across the country.
The financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is to be paid to eligible farmers in three installments of Rs 2,000 each every 4 months / quarter, ie April-July, August-November and December-March.
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So how many family members can claim the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi benefit? Well, the government has made it clear that under the program income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal installments will be provided to small marginal farming families with combined land / ownership of up to 2 hectares.
The definition of family for the regime is husband, wife and minor children. The state government and UT administration will identify farm families eligible for support in accordance with program guidelines. According to the rule of the scheme, only one member of the family can benefit from it and not the husband and the wife.
The program is implemented through an electronic database linked to Aadhaar containing details of all family members of farmers whose names appear in land registers
Who can’t take advantage of the benefits?
The following categories of beneficiaries of higher economic status are not eligible for benefits under the scheme; All institutional landowners; and Farming families of which one or more of its members belong to the following categories:
1) Former and current incumbents of constitutional positions
2) Former and present ministers / ministers of state and former / present members of Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha / state legislatures / state legislative councils, former and current mayors of municipalities, former and current presidents of district panchayats .
3) All serving or retired officers and employees of central / state government ministries / offices / departments and their field units, central or state PES and attached offices / autonomous institutions under government as well as regular employees of local bodies (excluding staff / Class IV / Group D employees)
4) All retirees / pensioners whose monthly pension is Rs 10,000 / – or more (excluding versatile staff / class IV / group D employees)
5) All people who paid income tax in the last tax year.
6) Professionals such as doctors, engineers, lawyers, chartered accountants and architects registered with professional organizations and practicing their profession by practicing practices.
If new beneficiaries are uploaded to the PM-KISAN portal, all farm families who own land who are Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) within the meaning of the provisions of the Income Tax Act 1961 will be excluded from any benefit under the plan.
PM KISAN Yojana benefits 12 crore farmers across the country. PM KISAN Yojana provides financial assistance to farmers regardless of the size of their farms. The program provides minimum income support of up to Rs 6,000 to farmers across the country. The amount is transferred directly to the farmers’ bank account.