Govt disburses Rs 15,841 cr to 7.92 cr farmers under PM-KISAN scheme during lockdown

The government has disbursed the first instalment of Rs 15,841 crore to 7.92 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme, since 24 March, the day lockdown was announced to curb COVID-19

Press Trust of India April 10, 2020 20:05:56 IST
Govt disburses Rs 15,841 cr to 7.92 cr farmers under PM-KISAN scheme during lockdown

New Delhi: The government has disbursed the first instalment of Rs 15,841 crore to 7.92 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme, since 24 March, the day lockdown was announced to curb COVID-19.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, the Centre transfers an amount of Rs 6,000 per year, in three equal instalments, directly into the bank accounts of farmers, subject to certain exclusion criteria relating to higher income status.

Govt disburses Rs 15841 cr to 792 cr farmers under PMKISAN scheme during lockdown

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"During the lockdown period from 24 March, about 7.92 crore farmer families have been benefited (under PM-KISAN) and an amount of Rs 15,841 crore has been released so far," the agriculture ministry said in a statement on Friday.

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In order to give immediate relief to farmers affected by the nationwide lockdown, the government had on 27 March promised to transfer the first installment of Rs 2,000 to each of 8.69 crore beneficiaries under the scheme, in the first week of April.

The country is under a lockdown till 14 April to prevent the spread of coronavirus that has impacted more than 190 countries in the world.

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