PM Kisan scheme: 10 million more farmers may get Rs 2,000 this week

New Delhi: The government is likely to transfer Rs 2,000 each to at least 10 million more farmers by Friday, carrying forward the PM-KISAN scheme that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Sunday, officials said.

The government has so far registered 37.1 million farmers from across the country. Though BJP-ruled states are still ahead, data from Congress-ruled states has also started trickling in.

“We have transferred Rs 2,000 each to 1.01 crore farmers on last Sunday. Now, the next transfer to another one crore is likely to happen by March 1. We will be deciding the date soon,” said a senior agriculture department official, who is part of this exercise.

After the second round of fund transfer later this week, the government will make payments on a regular basis as and when data is validated by Public Financial Management System (PFMS). The official said many states were sending data about small and marginal farmers.

“Uttar Pradesh is still leading the pack. But we have started getting data from states like Rajasthan (1.25 lakh), Chhattisgarh (4 lakh), Odisha (9 lakh) and Karnataka (2 lakh), which were non-starters before Prime Minister Modi handed over money to the beneficiaries last week,” the official said.

He said after the first transfer, the Centre is receiving response from almost all states and Union Territories except Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi, which are yet to upload data.

Chief executive of PM-KISAN scheme Vivek Agrawal told ET that the government is geared up to transfer money to all the targeted 120 million farmers by March 31. “We have a robust system in place to identify and transfer money to genuine beneficiaries. We are getting good response from state governments,” he said.

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