Mentioning that Odisha’s farmers form the bulwark of its rural economy, constituting up to 2/3rd of the State’s population and contributing a fifth of its GDP, he brought to the notice of the CM that the percentage of farmers in Odisha receiving the PM-KISAN benefit is significantly less than the number of farmers registered under the scheme in Odisha. This is primarily due to non-compliance to procedural requirements and administrative oversight by the officials of the State Government, he noted.
“Non-disbursement of due benefits under PM-KISAN to many of the needy farmers of Odisha, especially in the backdrop of hardships caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, is disheartening and depriving them of the Government support when they need it the most,” wrote Pradhan.
Noting that the Central Government provides an income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal instalments, he apprised that State Governments are to identify the beneficiaries and upload the beneficiary details on the web portal of the scheme. Correctness of beneficiary details is to be ensured by State Governments. The funds are then directly transferred to back accounts of these beneficiaries.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a net sum of Rs 19,000 crore as the 7th instalment of PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana to 9.5 crore registered farmers nationwide. As per official records, a total of 40.5 lakh farmers are covered in Odisha under PM Kisan Nidhi Yojana. However, it was found that only 24.7 lakh farmers received the payment of Rs 2,000 each from the release of the 7th installment.
He noted that this was not the first time that happened. “The same trend of lower fund releases can be noticed in previous six instalments. The data shows that out of the total 40.5 registered beneficiaries of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana in the State, only 9.73 lakhs (24%) received the first instalment, only 29.92 lakhs (74%) received the 2nd instalment, only 28.77 lakh (71%) received the 3rd instalment, only 25.61 lakh (63%) received the 4th instalment, only 21.55 lakh (53%) received the 5th instalment, only 23.38 lakh (58%) received the 5th instalment, and only 24.70 lakh (61%) received the 7th instalment.
Farmers, especially small and marginalized farmers have been the prime focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission for doubling farmers’ income throughout the country. Over the past six years, the Government of India has undertaken a slew of high-impact intitiatives and wide-ranging reforms for improving the economic prospects of our Annadata, PM-KISAN being one of them.
“Keeping in mind the welfare of Odisha’s farmers, I seek your personal intervention for ensuring expeditious compliance to requisite procedural formalities as per PM-KISAN scheme guidelines. This will help ensure that the due financial benefits envisaged under the scheme are able to reach to the bank accounts of all 40.5 lakh farmers covered under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana in Odisha,” urged Pradhan.