Notwithstanding the recently ended standoff between the pampered farmers of Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, the older schemes meant to appease them continue unaffected — expectedly, of course. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, till now 9 instalments of Rs 2,000 each have been released to the farmers. On 1 January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 10th instalment, announcing it at 12:30 PM via video conferencing.
The prime minister will announce the release of Rs 20000 crore for 10 crore beneficiary farming families. Under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 6,000 is given to the beneficiary farmer families in three instalments of Rs 2,000 each.
An amount of Rs 1.6 lakh crore has been released to farmer families under the scheme already.
The beneficiaries of the scheme Prime Minister Modi seeks pride in may check their name in the list for the 10th instalment from the website pmkisan.gov.in, in which the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has fed the names of farmers who have been benefited under the nidhi (sum). If you are a farmer, click on pmkisan.gov.in to check your name.
- After the webpage opens, look at the menu bar and go to Kisan Corner (farmer’s corner)
- Click on the beneficiary list tab
- Enter your state, district, sub-division, block and village details
- You need to click on “Get Report”, after which you will get the information
- The names of farmers who benefit from the largesse of the government can be seen state/district wise/tehsil/village-wise too.
How to register
Registration in the PM Kisan scheme is possible online and offline. If farmers want, they may register by visiting the Common Service Centre; otherwise, they can register online at https://pmkisan.gov.in/. To register oneself online,
- Go to the Farmer’s Corner on https://pmkisan.gov.in/
- Click on the option ‘New Farmer Registration’
- You need to enter the Aadhar number. Also, by entering the captcha code, the state has to be selected and then the process will have to be carried forward
- In the form that will appear in front of you, you will have to fill all your personal information; bank account details and information related to the farm will also have to be filled
- You may now submit the form.
You can get the information from the helpline
There is a helpline number and email id to get any information related to PM Kisan Yojana or to complain if there is a problem.
The PM Kisan helpline number is 155261. There is also a PM Kisan toll-free number 18001155266 and PM Kisan landline number 011-23381092, 011-24300606.
Another helpline of PM Kisan is 0120-6025109 and its email id is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some changes that happened over time
When the PM Kisan scheme was launched on 24 February 2019, its benefits were limited to small and marginal farmers holding up to 2 ha only. The scheme was later amended on 1 June 2019 and extended to all farmer households, irrespective of the size of their holdings.
That is, now the farmer with lands of unlimited areas can apply to get benefits under the scheme. The benefit under the scheme is Rs 6,000 per family per annum, which is available in three instalments of Rs 2000 each.
Under the PM Kisan, financial assistance is now available to those farmer families who have a farm in their name. That is, now those who share in the ancestral land as before will not be able to get the benefit of the PM Kisan scheme, although it will not affect the old beneficiaries associated with the scheme.
If there are names of several farming families on a given holding land, under the guidelines of the scheme, each such eligible farming family will get a separate benefit of up to Rs 6,000. Whether the agricultural land is in the village or in the city, you will get the benefit.
What ‘family’ in the scheme means
Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the farmer’s family means the husband, wife and their minor children. One more thing to note is that now Aadhaar number has been made mandatory to avail the benefits of the PM Kisan scheme. Whether the agricultural land is in the village or in the city, an applicant will get the benefit.
Who cannot take advantage of the scheme
- If a farmer does farming but that field is not in his name but in the name of his father or grandfather, then he will not get the benefit of Rs 6,000 annually. That land should be in the name of the farmer.
- If someone has agricultural land but there is non-agriculture activity on it, even then the benefit will not be available.
- Even if the cultivable land is not being cultivated, the benefit will not be available.
- If a farmer takes land from another farmer and does farming on rent, even then the person cultivating on that rent will not get the benefit of the scheme.
- Not all institutional land holders will come under the purview of this scheme.
- If any farmer or his family has or was in any constitutional post, then that farmer family will not get the benefit.
- Union or state government employees, retired employees, serving employees of PSUs/PSEs, serving or retired officers and employees of the government sector’s autonomous bodies, employees of local bodies cannot avail the benefit of the scheme.
- Former or serving minister or minister of state, mayor or district panchayat president, MLA, MLC, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP are not eligible.
- Professionals like doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, architects and lawyers will also not get the benefit of the scheme, even if they do agriculture.
- Retired pensioners who get a monthly pension of more than Rs 10,000 will not get this benefit.
- If a farmer or any of his family has paid income tax in the last assessment year, then that farmer family is also excluded from the purview of the scheme.