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PM-KISAN Scheme- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: Governance, Administration and Challenges- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

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PM-KISAN Scheme- Context

  • In line with the continued commitment and resolve to empower grass-root level farmers, Prime Minister will release the 10th installment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on 1st January 2022.
  • This will enable the transfer of an amount of more than Rs. 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmer families.
  • Under the PM-KISAN scheme, Samman Rashi of over Rs. 1.6 lakh crore has been transferred to farmer families so far.


PM-KISAN Scheme- Key Points

  • Background: PM-KISAN Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister in 2019 to provide financial assistance to small and marginal farmers.
  • About: Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs. 6000/- per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal 4-monthly installments of Rs.2000/- each.
  • Funding: PM-KISAN is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% funding from the Government of India.
  • Implementation: PM-KISAN Scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India.
  • Identification of Beneficiaries: Under PM-KISAN, the State / UT Governments are entrusted with the responsibility of identification of beneficiary farmer families.


PM-KISAN Scheme- Key Objectives

  • PM-KISAN aims to supplement the financial needs of the Small and Marginal Farmers in procuring various inputs.
    • This is to ensure proper crop health and appropriate yields, commensurate with the anticipated farm income at the end of each crop cycle.
  • PM-KISAN also aims to protect farmers from falling into the clutches of moneylenders for meeting such expenses and ensure their continuance in farming activities.


PM-KISAN Scheme- PM-KISAN Mobile App

  • About: PM-KISAN Mobile App has been designed and developed by the National Informatics Centre in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Objective: PM-KISAN Mobile App has been developed with an aim to ensure seamless and hassle-free accessibility to farmers regarding various aspects of the PM-KISAN Scheme.
  • Associated Benefits: PM-KISAN Mobile App will help in following benefits to farmers
    • Farmers can view the status of their application,
    • Farmers can update or carry out corrections of their Aadhaar cards and
    • Farmers can also check the history of credits to their bank accounts.


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