Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday during the debate in Lok Sabha said that Aadhaar-authenticated bank accounts would be mandatory for the farmers from this month to avail the benefits of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Reports said over 14 crore farmers get help under the PM-Kisan scheme, which is Rs 6,000 annually. The minister informed the house that after the amendment, farmers will receive the amount directly in the bank accounts. Earlier, Aadhaar was not mandatory to get the first installment of Rs 2,000, but now the amount will be transferred to only Aadhaar linked bank accounts. The Centre had taken the decision to allow transfers of the first installment in the bank accounts without Aadhaar numbers following the delay in Aadhaar seeding. According to data shared by the government, over 1 crore farmers got the money in their bank accounts as of 1st installment under the PM-KISAN scheme.

Tomar told the Lok Sabha that the Aadhaar would be mandatory for all beneficiaries’ to avail all installments falling due with effect from December 1, 2019, onward. He added that the government has distributed over Rs 35,882.8 crore so far to 7.60 crore farmers till November 30. The process of registration of farmers has been continuous and installment-wise funds have been sent by the government.

Some farmers have got all three installments, some only two and some only one, depending upon the four-monthly period in which they have been first registered by the concerned state governments,” he added. The Minister further added that to help farmers the government have set Farmers Corner, where they may know the status of their payment. Common Service Centres (CSC) have also been directed to help farmers in getting registered and resolve other queries.

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