The Central Government is due to allocate Rs 2,000 each to another 1 crore small and marginal farmers by March 1, 2019. The PM-Kisan scheme was made functional by PM Modi on February 24 when the Centre transferred Rs 2,021 crore to about 1.01 crore farmers under the income support scheme.
The PM-Kisan scheme was made operational from December 1, 2018, so that by March 31, the first payment is completed, making farmers eligible for the second instalment from April.
A government official said, “We have been able to collect and verify a database of 3.71 crore farmers, so far.” States like Odisha (9 lakh farmers’ data), Rajasthan (1.25 lakh), Karnataka (2 lakh), Chhattisgarh (4 lakh) have uploaded data, which was not there until February 20 and could not be included in the transfer on the first day.
Chief executive of PM-KISAN scheme, Vivek Agrawal said 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.”
The farmers’ data goes through two stages of authentication: first by NIC in which Aadhaar is checked, the second stage through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS). This is a web-based application used for direct benefit transfer of government’s schemes.