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     New Delhi, June 18, 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 17th instalment of the PM-KISAN scheme at Varanasi today in which more than 9.26 crore farmers will receive the benefits amounting to over Rs 20,000 crore.


     PM-KISAN scheme launched on February 24, 2019 to supplement the financial needs of all land-holding farmers subject to certain exclusion criteria of higher income status.

     Financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal instalments, every four months, is transferred into the bank accounts of farmers’ families across the country through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode. Till now over Rs 3.04 lakh crores has been disbursed to more than 11 crore farmers across the nation and with this release, the total amount transferred to the beneficiaries since the inception of the scheme will cross well over Rs 3.24 lakh crores.

     Modi will also distribute today the certificates to more than 30,000 SHGs trained as Krishi Sakhis to work as para extension worker.

      Krishi Sakhis are chosen as agriculture para-extension workers because they are trusted community resource persons and experienced farmers themselves. The Krishi Sakhis have already received extensive training in various agricultural practices, making them well equipped to support and guide fellow farmers effectively. As on date, over 34,000 Krishi Sakhis out of 70,000 have been certified as Para-extension Workers.

     The event is scheduled to be attended by Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and several State Ministers.

     More than 2.5 crore farmers will join the event including those at 732 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), over 1 lakh Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, and 5 lakh Common Service Centres across the country.

     On the 50 selected Krishi Vikas Kendras (KVKs), special event is being organized for their participation in the event. On these centers, several Union Ministers will also visit and interact with the farmers. The farmers will also be sensitized about the good agricultural practices, new emerging technologies in the agricultural field, practicing climate resilient agriculture among others.

     They will also be educated how to check their PM-KISAN beneficiary status, payment status, how to use Kisan-eMitra Chatbot. Union Ministers will also distribute certificates to the trained Krishi Sakhis of the area.

     Union Agriculture Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a press conference on June 15 last, emphasizing the vital role of agriculture in India’s economy and PM Modi’s unwavering support for farmers.

     He stated that agriculture has always been a priority for the Prime Minister. The PM-KISAN scheme, launched in 2019, has significantly benefited farmers by providing financial support directly to their bank accounts.

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