Central Sector Scheme Current Affairs - 2019

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PM-Kisan: Cabinet approves relaxation of Aadhaar seeding of data of beneficiaries

Union Cabinet has approved relaxation of mandatory requirement of Aadhaar Seeded data as pre-condition for release of funds to beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme.

About Pradhan Mantri KisanSamman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

It is Central Sector Scheme to provide income support to land-holding farmers’ families. It provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions. The amount is released in three four-monthly instalments of Rs. two thousand each directly to beneficiaries bank accounts through DBT mode.

Implementation Progress: Total amount of more than Rs.27000 crores have already been released under PM-KISAN scheme through 1st instalment to 6,76,76,073 beneficiaries, 2nd instalment to 5,14,27,195 beneficiaries and 3rd instalment to 1,74,20,230 beneficiaries.

Need for Relaxation

Under this scheme, release of third instalment from August 2019 onwards to those beneficiaries who got first and second instalments was to be made only on basis of Aadhaar seeded database. However, 100% Aadhaar seeding for release of funds as per prescribed time schedule was not possible before release of instalments after August, 2019. Therefore, mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits from August 2019 has been relaxed till 30th November, 2019.

Benefits of relaxation of aadhar seeding: It will enable immediate release of PM-KISAN benefits to large number of farmers who are not able to avail same due this requirement. This mandatory requirement will remain applicable for release of benefits from December, 2019 onwards.

National Conference on Crop Residue Management held in New Delhi

Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare inaugurated National Conference on Crop residue Management for farmers from states of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The conference was held at New Delhi.

Key Highlights of Conference

Organiser: This conference was organized by Government of India in collaboration with ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) in order to address concerns of farmers and State Governments.

Participants: The conference was attended by more than 1000 farmers from 4 states of Punjab, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, who shared their innovative ideas, experiences and suggestions adopted for in-situ crop residue management.

MoS for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare requested further support and ideas from farmers to ensure zero burning in all villages and stressed that success stories from these States should be shared with all farmers.

Significance:  The conference would go a long way in mitigating the problem of stubble burning besides creating awareness among farming community.

Background

Agriculture Ministry has implemented a Central Sector Scheme for period 2018-19 to 2019-20 in States of Punjab, Haryana, NCT of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to support the efforts taken by respective state governments in addressing air pollution and to subsidize machinery required for in-situ management of crop residue through agriculture mechanization. The total outgo of Central funds is Rs.1151.80 crores

During the year 2018-19, State Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have distributed 32,570 machines to farmers on individual ownership basis and established 7,960 Custom Hiring Centres.  As a result, as per the report of High Power Committee chaired by Dr. Nagesh Singh, the straw burning events in 2018 have reduced by 15% and 41% as compared to that in 2017 and 2016 respectively.