Thiruvananthapuram: More than 25 lakh farmers in Kerala will be benefited from the union government’s new scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, which announced in the Interim union budget on Friday. Compared to other states, there are large number of small and marginal farmers in Kerala. It is expected that they will get benefit of the scheme.
As part of the package, which includes an income support scheme, a sum of Rs 6,000 per year will be transferred to farmers' bank accounts who own upto 2 hectares of land.
At present, 3.56 lakh people above 60 years are receiving farmers' pension on the basis of income and land. When the hike in pension announced in state budget comes into effect, the farmers' pension will rise to Rs 1200. Along with the state pension, the farmers will get an extra amount of Rs 6000 from the union government annually.
Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, the much-anticipated move will benefit about 12 crore small and marginal farmers and will come into effect retrospectively from December 1, 2018, and the first installment will be disbursed before the elections.
“There are many farmers in state including those who get benefits from state agriculture department and took agriculture loans from banks. If the union government consider all these farmers for the new scheme, at least 25 lakh farmers will get benefit of it,” said agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar.
Though the state government has fixed an age for pension beneficiaries, the union government has not prescribed on any age limitations to get benefit of Kisan Samman Nidhi.
Even though the Centre has announced the scheme, further criteria on it is not announced yet.