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K'taka govt transfers Rs 2,000 to account of one lakh farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The Karnataka government on Wednesday transferred Rs 2,000 to each of the bank account of one lakh farmers as part of its announcement to provide additional financial assistance from the state to the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme.

The scheme of thegovernment of India was aimed at providing financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year to eligible farmer families in threeinstallments.

As soon as assuming charge as the Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa had announced that the state government would provide Rs 4,000 to every farmer covered under PM-Kisan scheme, in two installments, in addition to the Rs 6,000 by thecentral government.

On Wednesday, the first installment of Rs 2,000 of thestate's incentive was remitted to each of the one lakh farmers' bankaccounts via aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer (DBT).

"All the other eligible farmers under the scheme willbe getting the first installment amount (Rs 2000) in the coming days," Yediyurappa said, addingthat the next installment would be paid soon.

The Chief Minister claimed that no other state government in the country has taken a decision to give farmers additional benefits on its own under the PM-Kisan scheme.

"ours is a pro-farmer government," he added.

Details of the total of 44.93 lakh farmers from Karnataka have been sent to government of India to receive the financial benefit under the PM-Kisan scheme.

Of them, the Centre has approved 34.28 lakh farmers for giving financial benefit.

Karnataka government has earmarked Rs 2,200 crore forpaying each farmer Rs 4,000 per year as additional financialassistance under the PM-KISAN scheme.

The state government has developed a web for maintenance of farmers'database.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 14 2019. 19:20 IST