BJP aims to benefit all farmers under PM Kisan Samman Yojana
Idea is that no farmer is left out of Rs 6,000 annual income support
The scheme so far covers nearly 120 million farmers who own less than two hectares of land, while only about 25 million farmers are left out. “We promise to give the Rs 6,000 amount to all farmers in the country in our next term so that everyone gets it. A farmer is a farmer. We want that no farmer, small or big, should face a problem when it comes to help in form of this income support towards doubling his income by 2022,” Union Home Minister and the BJP’s manifesto committee head Rajnath Singh told ET.
Another benefit of the blanket benefit to all farmers will be in terms of reducing paper-work by a great extent as every person who is a farmer as per land records would get the money rather than the laborious exercise of identifying eligible beneficiaries by the states, a senior party functionary told ET, speaking on condition of anonymity. Many opposition-ruled states like West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh have not sent lists of such farmers to the Centre, delaying pay-out.
“I know Chhattisgarh did not send the list of farmers, so you did not get the money under PM Kisan Nidhi. Now, we will make your data and put money directly in bank accounts of all the farmers,” Rajnath Singh said at a rally in Chhattisgarh on Thursday. About 30 million farmers country-wide have received the first instalment of Rs 2,000 so far.
The senior party functionary told ET that a “key feedback” received from the ground during the BJP’s manifesto exercise was that all farmers wanted the scheme’s benefit. About 86% of the farmers in the country, nearly 125 million, are already covered under the scheme as they own less than two hectares of land.“There are only 2.5 crore more farmers left out who have larger land holdings. Since the amount is constant for every farmer, the burden would not be much and also no farmer would be left disappointed. Putting too many conditions in any scheme is never good,” the party functionary said.
Rajnath Singh told ET that the BJP’s scheme was much in contrast with the NYAY promise of the Congress as the latter was simply not feasible given the fiscal burden involved. “There is no need to make poverty an issue – what is required is to work with full commitment and whole-heartedly for the eradication of poverty. That is what we are doing,” Singh told ET. Farming is no longer profitable but we are trying to make it profitable, the minister added. He said there are farmers having larger un-irrigated lands and the scheme’s extension would benefit them too. “The Congress is only trying to mislead the poor with its promise. They have done it for decades now,” Singh said.