New Delhi: The Central government on Wednesday extended till November 30 the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding to avail the income support of Rs 6,000 per year under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme. The move has been made to help the farmers in the rabi crop season.
The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The Cabinet has decided to relax till November 30, the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding for release of benefits under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi after August 1,” said Prakash Javdekar, the Information and Broadcasting Minister.
The scheme provides income support of Rs 6,000 per year to landholding families, subject to certain exclusions. The amount is released thrice a year with each instalment of Rs 2,000 going directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through the DBT mode.
According to an official statement, it has not been possible to get 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding for release of funds as per the prescribed time schedule before release of instalments after August 1, 2019.
Since the farmers are still gearing up for the Rabi season, the government said the farmers are in dire need of money to take care of various farming activities like procurement of seeds, preparation of soil and other associated activities like irrigation, maintenance and mobilisation of machinery and tools. Over and above these pressing needs, the just started festive season will put further stress on the financial condition of the poor farmers’ households in the country.
The government also said that the non-seeding of beneficiaries’ details with Aadhaar number will delay the release of further instalments and will cause discontentment among the farmers.
Therefore, the mandatory requirement of aadhar seeding for release of benefits after August 1 has been relaxed till November 30, the press release said. (IANS)