Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released over Rs 18,000 crore to more than nine crore farmers under ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ scheme. He is currently holding an interaction with the beneficiaries via video-conferencing. With the push of a button, Modi enabled the transfer of money at an event which the ruling BJP has made into a mega exercise to reach out to farmers by having its leaders interact with the farming community at more than 19,000 venues across the country and also listen to the Prime Minister’s address.
PM Modi released the instalment of Rs 2,000 to every farmer on the birth anniversary of former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is every year celebrated as “Good Governance Day” by the ruling party.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. The programme comes amid protests by various farmer unions against three farm laws recently enacted by the Modi government. The government has insisted that these reforms are in the interest of farmers.BJP targets participation of 1 cr farmersMeanwhile, the BJP is planning to ensure participation of over one crore farmers at thousands of venues across the nation when PM Modi will transfer Rs 18,000 crore to nine crore farmers. BJP leaders, from Union ministers to its MPs, MLAs, all elected representatives besides organisational members, will fan out across the country to attend the programme and speak to farmers as well.
The exercise comes at a time when some farmer unions have been agitating for weeks at Delhi’s borders against the three farm laws and seeking that the legislations be repealed, a demand rejected by the government which has described them as beneficial for farmers. Today’s address coincides with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary which the BJP observes every year as “good governance day” since it came to power at the Centre in 2014.
BJP general secretary Arun Singh told reporters that the party has made arrangements for farmers’ participation in more than 19,000 venues across the country, and the party’s members will also be present. In Uttar Pradesh alone, more than 3,000 venues have been chosen, he said.
While one crore farmers will directly participate, over five crore of them will hear Modi’s speech, he claimed, saying the party will observe the exercise like a festival. Home Minister Amit Shah will attend the programme in Mehrauli in the national capital while Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in Sector 15 in Dwarka here.
Despite protests in some places, the country’s farmers have been standing with Modi, Singh said, citing a number of government schemes to benefit them. The government’s procurement of tur dal increased by a whopping 74 times during the first five years of the Modi government compared to 2009-2014 during the UPA’s rule, he said.
Singh added that the Modi government spent Rs eight lakh crore on the purchase of paddy and wheat in its first five years compared to merely Rs 3.
74 lakh crore during the UPA’s 2009-14 term. The Modi government had last year launched a scheme to transfer Rs 6,000 annually to every farmer in three installments.