Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme

The tempo and the speed with which Prime Minister’s Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme was announced by the Central Government in the Budget 2019-20, implementation thereof too has started with the same fervour and exuberance. Jammu and Kashmir State is among the first States where process of implementation has started. Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna is a scheme of providing income support to farmers to primarily address the liquidity of cash problem which they, especially the small and marginal farmers, suffer from for most of the non-harvesting season and is payable in three instalments of Rs.2000 each or Rs.6000 annually. Only those farmers whose cultivable holdings do not exceed 2 hectares are eligible. To ensure that money reaches the targeted group, the payment will be under DBT mode or by crediting their bank accounts.
It is imperative to have credible data base of farm land holdings in respect of the beneficiaries and it is here where the efficiency and even the credibility of the State Revenue Department would be put to test. In Jammu and Kashmir State, district wise preparations have been given a get going nod in respect of the implementation of the scheme which has to be given a retrospective effect from December 2018. In this connection, the Chief Secretary conducted a high level meeting in which besides other officers, Commissioner /Secretary Revenue Department, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Secretaries – Agriculture Production, Horticulture, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Information Technology, Finance Department etc, participated. Some other authorities and bureaucrats participated via video – conferencing.
Chief Secretary has accordingly asked the Deputy Commissioners to finalise the database of eligible landholder farmer families in the villages as per defined standard format wherein Name, Bank Account numbers, Mobile numbers etc of the beneficiaries and after due certification are duly mentioned and then sent the same to NIC , Jammu and Kashmir by February 22, 2019 for uploading the portal. A similar meeting prior to the one under reference, was held by the Chief Secretary with the Administrative Secretaries to finalise the modalities for implementing PM-Kisan in the State as per operational guidelines of the programme.
The scheme was going to have its impact in ameliorating the lot of the small and marginal farmers and with reasonable remunerative price of the crops of the farmers, agrarian strains and difficulties were going to be addressed to a larger extent. Since reports are that most of the States are near completion of the task of data assimilation to upload the portal, let us hope that Jammu and Kashmir State too stands among those States who complete the formalities well within the timeframe to ensure eligible farmers were benefitted in time.