Earlier in the day, Pradhan had written to Tomar urging him to convene a meeting between the Government of Odisha and officials of Ministry of Agriculture for resolving all payment related issues and ensuring the disbursement of PM-KISAN benefit to all eligible farmers of Odisha.
Pradhan also requested Tompar’s personal intervention in facilitating additional bulk window clearances to the State Government to enable them to expeditiously the details of all beneficiaries whose records were put in ‘stop payment’ mode.
Pradhan had apprised in the letter about Odisha Agriculture Minister’s contention of decreasing in PM-KISAN beneficiaries due to delays in lot opening, transaction failures, non-integration of banks with PFMS, rejection of beneficiaries with discrepancies with Aadhhar name and registered farmer name, changes in LGD codes, low level of automation in some banks and non-receipt of payment success information from banks etc.
He also mentioned that the Odisha Government had issued ‘stop payment’ instructions with respect to records of 14.5 lakh farmers, for ‘physical re-verification’ , an unusually large number of such cases among all Indian States. For this, the number of PM-KISAN beneficiaries in Odisha was reduced to 23 lakhs.