Hailakandi: Enrolment of Kisan Credit Cards (KCCs) to beneficiaries of the government's welfare scheme for farmers — Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) — will be stepped up under a special campaign in Hailakandi district.
Sharing details about the campaign during a press meet at DC's conference hall on Monday, District Development Commissioner Vikram Dev Sharma said that more farmers will be added under the scheme, and existing beneficiaries will be able to increase the loan limit on request.
The initiative has been taken following instructions from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare, Government of India.
The Central government scheme, Kisan Samman Nidhi, was launched in December 2018 and provides income support of Rs.6,000 per year in installments of Rs.2,000 every four months to farmer families across the country. The responsibility of identifying beneficiary farmer families rests with the state government.
Through its campaign, the district administration will be issuing new KCCs to beneficiaries of the scheme. Further, farmers who have already taken advantage of KCC will be able to increase the loan limit, whereas those whose KCC has been closed due to various reasons, will be able to start their account again. The District Development Commissioner also said that beneficiaries will be able to procure credit cards for fisheries farming, horticulture, and other allied sectors. He said loans would be disbursed within a duration of 15 days.
Bank and panchayat officials, as well as officials from the agriculture department, will be creating awareness about the scheme at the panchayat level during the campaign period. Necessary instructions regarding the campaign had been shared with all banks (public sector, private, cooperative and rural banks). 85,973 farmers in Hailakandi district are registered under the PM Kishan.