Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Current Affairs - 2020

PM-KISAN Scheme: 17,793 crores released to 8.89 farmers

On April 20, 2020, the Government of India released 17,793 crores of rupees to 8.89 crores of farmers under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme.

Highlights

The Government has credited the amount in order to help farmers during the lock down. Also, the GoI is distributing free pulses under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. Under the scheme, the distribution of rice and wheat under the PDS (Public Distribution System) has been increased to 7 kg. So far, 1.07 lakh metric tonnes of pulses have been distributed to the states and union territories under the scheme.

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The PM-KISAN was launched in February, 2019. The scheme is being implemented by all the states except for West Bengal. The scheme is funded 100% by the central government. Under the scheme, the GoI transfers Rs 6,000 per year to the farmers’ bank accounts in three installments. All the land holding farmers are eligible to become a beneficiary of the scheme.

National Conference on Kharif Crops, 2020 held through video conference

On April 16, 2020 the Union Agricultural Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar chaired the National Conference on Kharif crops. The conference discussed measures to achieve doubling of farmers’ income and to achieve Kharif target.

Secretaries of DAC&FW and ICAR and also officers from state governments participated in the conference.

Highlights

The conference fixed the target of food grains for the year 2020-21 at 298 million tonnes. The target was 291 million tonnes for the year 2019-20.

Initiatives discussed

The new initiatives to combat COVID-19 were also discussed in the conference. It included

  • Intensification of “Per drop more crop”. This is being done under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana
  • PM-AASHA scheme. Under the scheme the Minimum Support Price (MSP) is to be fixed at a level at least 2 times the cost of production.
  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, Rs 16,621 was disbursed to help farmers.
  • New operational guidelines were framed for the E-Nam initiative to reduce the crowd at mandis and also help farmers in selling their produce.