At the same time, ahead of the Union Budget and in the wake of the crucial Lok Sabha elections, there was widespread publicity that the financial assistance provided under the PM Kisan scheme would be increased. It was campaigned that the annual financial assistance could be increased from Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000.
But Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda responded to the question raised in the Lok Sabha on the issue. In his written reply, he clarified that the government is not considering the issue of increasing the financial assistance under the PM Kisan scheme. Union Minister Arjun Munda has clarified that the proposal to increase the PM Kisan subsidy only for women farmers is not before the government.
2.81 lakh crore was spent
The Union Agriculture Minister stated that the financial assistance spent so far in the country as part of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is Rs 2.81 lakh crore. 15 installments of PM Kisan have already been disbursed. 11 crore farmers of the country are the beneficiaries of the scheme. PM Kisan has been introduced to help meet the financial needs of landowning farmers.
Direct Benefit TransferUnion Minister Arjun Munda has claimed that PM Kisan Samman Nidhi is the world’s largest direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme. The minister also pointed out that since a farmer-centric digital infrastructure has been created, the aid money can be delivered directly to the farmers by eliminating the middlemen. At present, Uttar Pradesh is the state with the highest number of beneficiaries under the PM Kisan scheme. Since the initiation of the scheme, 2,62,45,829 farmers of Uttar Pradesh have been part of the scheme.