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Govt forms society to run centre-funded farmer schemes

“The Farmers’ Welfare Programmes Implementation Society will be free to hire resources for running schemes and the central government will bear all the administrative costs. It has been mandated to develop database of farmers and run all the direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes,” said a government official.

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Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020, 01.32 PM IST
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NEW DELHI: The government has formed a society to run all Centre-sponsored farmer welfare schemes including PM-KISAN to improve monitoring and targeting, officials said.

The Farmers’ Welfare Programmes Implementation Society has been registered under the Societies Registration Act and it will run as an independent unit with agriculture secretary as the chairman.

“The society will be free to hire resources for running schemes and the central government will bear all the administrative costs. It has been mandated to develop database of farmers and run all the direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes,” said a government official.

The Centre runs two major farmers’ welfare schemes across the country. In February 2019, it had launched PM-KISAN, under which farmers get Rs 6,000 annually in three equal instalments. In May last year, the government announced a contributory pension scheme for small and marginal farmers in the age group of 18-40. Under this scheme, farmers would be paid a pension of Rs 3,000 per month after attaining the age of 60.

For PM-KISAN, the government has allocated Rs 75,000 crore. It has so far disbursed Rs 48,000 crore, out of which Rs 6,000 crore was disbursed in 2018-19.

“We will be able to spend around 70% of the allocated amount. We expected to enrol around 10 crore farmers by this fiscal. We are pushing states to share and validate farmers’ data,” said the official.


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