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PM Modi releases Rs 18,000 cr as part of PM-KISAN scheme, says 'only farmers of Bengal deprived of benefits'

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New Delhi, Dec 25: As the farmers' protests continue unabated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the next installment of financial aid - Rs 18,000 crore - as part of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme to over 9 crore farmers on Friday, 25 December.

PM Modi releases next installment of PM-KISAN to over 9 cr farmers

He also interacted with farmers from six states.

"It was the initiative of Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government to ensure farmers get loan on low interest rates. Today is his birthday and we have marked the day by releasing an instalment of the PM-KISAN scheme. These initiatives of the government should help farmers in undertaking crop diversification," PM Modi said while interacting with a beneficiary of the scheme from Odisha.

PM Modi said, "Today, more than Rs 18,000 crores have been directly deposited in the accounts of farmers; no middlemen, no commissions."

Lashing out at Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal, PM Modi alleged that they have destroyed the state and was doing politics by stopping over 70 lakh farmers of the state from getting benefits of the Centre's flagship PM-KISAN scheme under which Rs 6,000 is being provided every year.

The prime minister wondered while there were agitations against the new farm bills, no protests were visible against West Bengal's decision of not implementing PM-Kisan scheme. Around 70 lakh farmers of West Bengal are not getting the benefit of this scheme, which is fully funded by the Centre, he said while addressing a virtual event after releasing over Rs 18,000 crore to more than nine crore farmer families under the 'Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi' (PM-KISAN).

Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

Assembly elections are due in West Bengal by the middle of this year. Modi said the Mamata Banerjee government has destroyed West Bengal and was playing politics by stopping benefits for farmers in the state. He said the entire country is benefiting from the PM-KISAN programme, but only one state, West Bengal, has not implemented this scheme.

As a result, over 70 lakh farmers are not able to take benefit of this scheme and this money is not reaching them, he said, adding that this is because of political reasons. Modi said more than 23 lakh West Bengal farmers have applied online to take advantage of this scheme, but the state government has stopped the verification process for so long. "Why there was no protest for ensuring PM-KISAN money," he said.

"If you listen to 15 years old speech of Mamta Ji, then you will know how much this ideology has ruined Bengal," he said. Modi said everyone knows how the state has been ruined by the political ideology of those who ruled there for decades.

"The public is watching those doing selfish politics very closely. The parties that do not speak on the benefit of farmers in West Bengal are engaged in harassing the citizens of Delhi here in the name of the farmers and are ruining the economy of the country," he said.

The PM released Rs 18,000 crore financial aid to the bank accounts of 9 crore farmers on Friday. Under the scheme, farmers falling into a scale fixed by the government are transferred an amount of Rs 6,000 every year. The money is deposited in three installments, of Rs 2,000 each.

Here are the Highlights:

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1:44 PM, 25 Dec
The groups who are talking about mandis, APMC are the ones who destroyed West Bengal, Kerala. There are no APMCs and mandis in Kerala. So, why are no protests in Kerala? Why don't they start a movement there? But are only misguiding the farmers of Punjab: PM Modi
1:44 PM, 25 Dec
Mamata Banerjee's ideology has destroyed Bengal. Her actions against the farmers have hurt me a lot. Why is the Opposition quiet on this?: PM Modi Quote Tweet
1:43 PM, 25 Dec
The farmers of Bengal have been deprived of the benefits of the Centre's schemes. Bengal is the only state which is not allowing benefits of the schemes to reach the farmers: PM Modi addressing farmers
1:43 PM, 25 Dec
Today, every farmer knows where he will get the best price for his farm produce. With these farm reforms, farmers can sell their produce to anyone anywhere. What is wrong if the farmers are being benefitted?: PM Modi addresses farmers
1:43 PM, 25 Dec
Those who remained in the govt previously for several years left the farmers on their own. Promises were made and forgotten. Due to the agriculture policies of the previous govt, the poor became poorer, was it not important to change this state of farmers?: PM Narendra Modi
1:42 PM, 25 Dec
In many parts of the country, agreement farming has been tried. It has been done in the dairy sector. So far, have you heard that a company has monopolised the dairy industry?: PM Modi during his address to farmers
1:08 PM, 25 Dec
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter to say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deposit Rs 18,000 crore to nine crore farmers today. "The several steps taken by the Modi govt. to empower India's farmers include PM Kisan Samman Nidhi- a support of Rs 6000 towards their income. Today, Hon'ble @PMOIndia Shri @NarendraModi ji will transfer Rs 18,000 cr to 9 cr farmers across India at the touch of a button," she tweeted.
1:08 PM, 25 Dec
meanwhile, Union Minister Anurag Thakur says, "Many farmers have thanked PM Modi for the new agriculture laws. We will double farmers' income by 2022. The government is ready to talk and clear doubts of the farmers who are protesting. A solution can be found only through dialogue."
1:00 PM, 25 Dec
Today, more than Rs 18,000 crores have been directly deposited in the accounts of farmers; no middlemen, no commissions: PM Narendra Modi addresses farmers
1:00 PM, 25 Dec
Earlier, I used to do rice farming but I am also interested in gardening. I have planted lemons in 3 acres and guavas in 7 acres of land. We sell them in local mandis and get a good amount for it: Hari Singh Bishnoi, a farmer from Fatehabad in Haryana
12:47 PM, 25 Dec
So far, I've received Rs 10,000 under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Under the new farm laws, we can now sell the farm produce to any private business/organisation. This year, I sold 85 quintal soybean to ITC: Manoj Patidar, farmer from Dhar, Madhya Pradesh during interaction with the PM
12:35 PM, 25 Dec
I received my Kisan Credit Card in 2019. I took an amount of Rs 27,000 on loan from the bank on a mere 4 per cent interest as compared to 20 per cent from intermediaries: Naveen, a farmer from Odisha during interaction with PM Modi
12:35 PM, 25 Dec
I urge you to tell farmers about the Kisan Credit Card and its various benefits which include the availability of loans at low-interest rates: PM Modi to a farmer from Odisha
12:24 PM, 25 Dec
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now interacting with farmers from six states
12:17 PM, 25 Dec
I appeal to the protesting farmers to end their protest and hold talks with the government. I hope they will understand the importance of the new farm laws, and the issue will be resolved soon: Union Agriculture Minister
12:14 PM, 25 Dec
PM Narendra Modi will shortly release Rs 18,000 crore under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme to over 9 crore farmers. Today, we can say with confidence that the entire amount will reach the farmers' accounts directly. This will greatly benefit the farmers: Union Agriculture Minister
12:11 PM, 25 Dec
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also listening to the PM's address from a gaushala temple in a village in southwest Delhi, news agency ANI reported.
12:11 PM, 25 Dec
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing nine crore farmers virtually, as he releases the next installment of financial aid – Rs 18,000 crore – as part of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Friday, 25 December.
12:05 PM, 25 Dec
The three farm laws are in the favour of the farmers. Nobody can remove MSP system or snatch farmers' land from them. The government is ready to hold talks with farmers' unions with an open heart: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
11:58 AM, 25 Dec
The Opposition is misleading farmers regarding MSP. I want to make it clear that the MSP system will remain: Union Home Minister Amit Shah
11:58 AM, 25 Dec
PM Modi will release Rs 18,000 crore as the next instalment under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to over 9 crore farmers today with a click of a button. He is the true well-wisher of farmers: Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Mehrauli, Delhi
11:56 AM, 25 Dec
The exercise comes at a time when some farmer unions have been agitating for weeks at Delhi's borders against the three farm laws and seeking that the legislations be repealed, a demand rejected by the government which has described them as beneficial for farmers.
11:55 AM, 25 Dec
BJP leaders, from Union ministers to its MPs, MLAs, all elected representatives besides organisational members, will fan out across the country to attend the programme and speak to farmers as well.
11:55 AM, 25 Dec
Meanwhile, the BJP is planning to ensure participation of over one crore farmers at thousands of venues across the nation when PM Modi will transfer Rs 18,000 crore to nine crore farmers.
11:25 AM, 25 Dec
Under the PM-KISAN Scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmers, payable in 3 equal 4-monthly installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
11:24 AM, 25 Dec
As per the BJP, PM Modi will interact with the farmers from 6 different states during the event. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will also be present on the occasion.
11:23 AM, 25 Dec
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers via video-conferencing as the Bharatiya Janata Party plans to scale up the outreach plan amid the ongoing farmers protest over the new agri laws. The Prime Minister will also release the next installment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) of more than Rs. 18,000 crore to more than 9 crores beneficiary farmer families.

Addressing a rally in Delhi's Mehrauli, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "PM Modi will release Rs 18,000 crore as the next instalment under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to over 9 crore farmers today with a click of a button. He is the true well-wisher of farmers."

Shah further said, "The Opposition is misleading farmers regarding MSP. I want to make it clear that the MSP system will remain." The Home Minister also reiterated that the three farm laws are in favour of farmers. "The three farm laws are in the favour of the farmers. Nobody can remove MSP system or snatch farmers' land from them. The government is ready to hold talks with farmers' unions with an open heart."

    PM Modi releases Rs.18000 Cr into bank account of 9 Cr farmers|Oneindia News
    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said PM Narendra Modi will shortly release Rs 18,000 crore under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme to over 9 crore farmers. "Today, we can say with confidence that the entire amount will reach the farmers' accounts directly. This will greatly benefit the farmers," he said.

    Narendra Singh Tomar said, "I appeal to the protesting farmers to end their protest and hold talks with the government. I hope they will understand the importance of the new farm laws, and the issue will be resolved soon."

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