The PM Kissan Kissan Samman Nidhi which provides Rs 6000 per year to underprivileged farmers has attracted 30 lakh applications from Kerala.
According to latest data available, 28.05 lakh applications were sent through Krishi Bhavans. As many as 9.31 lakh people have received the first and second installments of financial assistance from the scheme.
Thousands of new applications are coming in as officials restarted accepting them following a brief pause owing to the election. If all the applicants are to be paid, farmers in the state will receive over Rs 1,800 crore.
IT has been decided to conduct central-state level inquiries to find out the ineligible. New applicants have been instructed to provide details of Aadhaar linked bank accounts.
The PM Kissan Samman Nidhi was started as a popular scheme without much conditions. Although the scheme is for underprivileged farmers, there was no need to submit land documents or other details. Most of the applicants in fact were not farmers.
There were incidents of all members of a family submitting independent applications. Most of the people who owned land and were 18 years of age submitted the application. Initially, the direction was to accept the applications without inquiries. The agricultural department duly sent all the applications.
Now a directive has been issued to conduct strict inquiries and weed out the ineligible. The move comes after complaints that many of the applicants were ineligible. The centre does not believe that there are 30 lakh underprivileged farmers in Kerala. If ineligible persons had received benefits, they will be asked to pay it back.