New Delhi: In a major setback, it has been learned that 7 lakh farmers in UP may have to return the money received under the 10th installment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme due to ineligibility of terms and conditions, according to a newspaper report. This information has been given in the report. According to a report in Hindustan Times, these 7 lakh farmers are either paying income tax for earning from other sources or are not eligible for cash benefit of Rs 2000 per installment. Under PM Kisan Yojana, an amount of Rs 6000 per annum is released directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries in three 4-monthly installments of Rs 2000 each. The HT report quoting officials said that the above farmers will still have some time to return the money to such ineligible beneficiaries till the state assembly elections are over. After that they started getting notices asking them to voluntarily return the money or be ready for recovery. ( PM-KISAN )
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PM released 10th installment on January 1
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 10th installment of financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme through video conferencing on January 1. This made it possible to transfer an amount of more than Rs 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmer families. During the programme, the Prime Minister also released an equity grant of over Rs. 14 crore to about 351 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), which will benefit more than 1.24 lakh farmers. During the program, the Prime Minister interacted with the FPOs. Union Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governors, Agriculture Ministers and farmers of many states were associated with this program. The Prime Minister said that PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is a great support for the farmers of India. Modi had said that if today’s transfer is also included, then more than 1.80 lakh crore rupees have been directly transferred to the farmers’ account.
Who are eligible to get benefits under PM-KISAN scheme?
Under PM Kisan Yojana, all land holding farmer families are being provided income support of Rs.6,000 per year in three equal installments. The definition of family for the scheme is husband, wife and minor children. So, if both husband and wife apply for PM Kisan, then both cannot get the benefit of Rs 6,000. The beneficiary amount is meant for the entire family, so either of them has to forego the amount. When the PM-Kisan scheme was launched in February, 2019. Its benefit was admissible only to the families of small and marginal farmers who had a combined land holding of up to 2 hectares. The scheme was later revised in June 2019 and extended to all farmer households irrespective of the size of their holdings. The Central Government had notified the decision to give a benefit of Rs 6,000 per year to all 14.5 crore farmers of the country under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, irrespective of the size of their holdings.
Who is excluded from the PM-KISAN scheme (PM-KISAN)
All persons who have paid income tax in the previous assessment year are excluded from the PM-KISAN scheme. Those excluded from PM-KISAN include institutional land holders, farmer families holding constitutional posts, serving or retired officers and employees of the state or central government, as well as public sector undertakings and government autonomous bodies. Professionals like doctors, engineers and lawyers as well as retired pensioners having monthly pension of more than Rs 10,000 and paying income tax in the previous assessment year are also not eligible for the benefit. ( PM-KISAN )