New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Sunday, ahead of the harvest season and the Baisakhi festival, that the “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi” and other initiatives are bringing new vigour to crores of farmers across the country.
PM Modi said that empowered farmers are critical for a flourishing nation in a tweet on Sunday while providing details of the benefits of several Central government programmes for farmers. PM Modi took to Twitter to say, “Our farmer brothers and sisters are revered throughout the country. New India will be more prosperous if the country’s farmers are given more control. I am pleased that the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi and other agricultural-related initiatives are providing new strength to millions of farmers across the country.”
According to infographics given by the Prime Minister with his tweet, the initiatives have directly benefited 11.3 crore farmers, who have received Rs 1.82 lakh crore in their accounts.
“Farmers received Rs 6,000 in annual assistance through PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, and Rs 1.30 lakh crore was distributed during the COVID epidemic. The bonus was especially beneficial to small farmers “the picture’s text stated.
The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, announced by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal at the 2019 Interim Union Budget of India in February 2019, is a government of India project in which all farmers will get up to Rs 6,000 per year as minimum income support.
Meanwhile, under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, as per the picture, a 1 lakh crore loan facility has been provided for the development of agriculture-related infrastructure. Approval of a loan of Rs 8,585 crore for 11,632 projects has been given.
Agriculture Infrastructure Fund provides a medium to long term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management Infrastructure and community farming assets through interest.
Further, PM Modi, in the picture, informed that 1.73 crore farmers registered on the e-NAM platform, which has clocked a business of Rs 1.87 lakh crore.
The National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) is an online trading platform for agricultural commodities in India.
The e-market facilitates farmers, traders and buyers with online trading in commodities and helps in better price discovery and provides facilities for smooth marketing of produce.
Baisakhi, the harvest festival, is celebrated to mark the beginning of the new spring. It also marks the Hindu new year.
The festival also marks the onset of the harvest season.
The harvest season is celebrated across India under different names — Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Baisakhi in Punjab, Navreh in Jammu and kashmir, Poila Boisakh in West Bengal, Bohag Bihu in Assam and Vishu in Kerala. (ANI)