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PM-Kisan: About 4.74 cr farmers to get second installment from next month

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhischeme

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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About 4.74 crore small and marginal farmers registered under the before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for came into effect on March 10 will get the second installment of Rs 2,000 each in their bank accounts, a senior government said Saturday.

Of these 4.74 crore beneficiaries, 2.74 crore farmers have so far received the first installment and the rest will be covered by month-end, he said.

The Election Commission of (ECI) has allowed the to transfer the first and second tranche of the payment to all those beneficiaries registered under the scheme before March 10, the added.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore (PM-Kisan) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year would be disbursed in three instalments to around 12 crore farmers who hold cultivable land up to 2 hectares.

In the budget, the NDA government allocated a sum of Rs 20,000 crore, to transfer Rs 2,000 each to farmers in the first installment by March-end, for the ongoing fiscal under the scheme.

The scheme was formally launched at national level by on February 24 at in by transferring the first instalment to 1.01 crore farmers, amounting Rs 2,021 crore.

"We were hoping to have the data of 12 crore farmers from across the country. But the data of 4.74 crore farmers has come before the MCC was enforced," the told

The government has already released the first installment of Rs 2,000 each to 2.74 crore beneficiaries and the remaining will be covered before this month-end, he said.

With regard to the payment of second tranche to begin from April 1, the official said the ECI has allowed to make the payment to all those beneficiaries registered before the MCC kicked in.

"We can go ahead and make the payment of first installment to the rest of the people whose names are on the portal. We can go ahead and make the payment for the second installment as well," the official said.

In Uttar Pradesh, the first installment has been released to around one crore farmers so far and the Centre has received data of additional 66 lakh farmers.

The official further said that and are amongst the top beneficiary states as more than 80 per cent of the farmers registered under the scheme have received the first installment.

While, some states including West Bengal, and have yet not submitted the farmers' data and therefore no money has been transferred.

The official also mentioned that no fresh data has come from states after the MCC came into effect.

First Published: Sat, March 23 2019. 15:45 IST
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