1620311171 Release funds to pay arrears to farmers under PM KISAN scheme
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KOLKATA: A day after writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in search of free Covid-19 vaccination for all, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday once more shot a letter to him reminding him of his assurances made throughout election campaigns on releasing arrears of Rs 18,000 to farmers beneath the PM-KISAN scheme.
Despite assurances by the prime minister, no fund has been acquired by both the state authorities or the farmers, Banerjee mentioned within the letter.
“I’ll wish to additional impress that in your current visits to the state you gave repeated assurances on releasing the arrear quantity to Rs 18,000 to every farmer however until date no fund has been acquired by the state authorities or the farmers.
“I’ll request you to kindly advise the involved ministry to launch due fund(s) to the eligible farmers and share the database of the 21.79 lakh farmers,” the letter learn.
In its election manifesto, the BJP has promised to offer Rs 18,000 to 75 lakh farmers of the state beneath the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme. Farmers get Rs 6,000 a 12 months in three equal instalments beneath it.
Banerjee additionally reminded him of the letters written to the Centre earlier by the state authorities on offering the farmers of West Bengal with the advantages of the central scheme.
“Several communications have been additionally made out of the state agriculture division. However, no concrete response has but been acquired from the Ministry on this,” she wrote within the letter, including that state nodal company and state nodal officer have been appointed and two financial institution accounts have been opened for the aim.
“Out of the 21.79 lakh farmers who had registered for the scheme as per the letter of the union agriculture minister despatched final November, 14.91 lakh knowledge have been up to date in portal, which have been duly verified and of which 9.84 lakh knowledge are prepared for PFMS,” she mentioned.
PFMS (Public Financial Management System) is a platform for e-payment of subsidy beneath Direct Benefit Transfer.
In the letter, Banerjee mentioned that the state authorities, beneath the Krishak Bandhu scheme, has already disbursed Rs 1,498 crore to 57.67 lakh eligible farmers and Rs 242 crore to households of deceased farmers until February.
Comparing the earnings help schemes of the Centre and the state, Banerjee claimed that PM-Kisan has excluded many individuals related to agriculture.
“The PM-Kisan has lengthy exclusion record comprising of Bargadar/sharecroppers, individuals giving self-declaration, serving/retired workers, Income Tax payers and many others. Moreover, beneath the Krishak Bandhu scheme, beneficiaries get loss of life profit help of Rs two lakh for loss of life beneath 60 years of age,” she wrote.
This is the second letter Banerjee despatched to Modi in two days after taking oath because the chief minister for the third time in a row on Wednesday.

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