New Delhi, Apr 22: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval to relax the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of data beneficiaries of Assam and Meghalaya and UTs of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh for release of benefits to them under PM-Kisan Scheme upto March 31, 2021.
Addressing a press conference about the Cabinet decisions, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the scheme aims to provide income support to all landholder farmer families across the country with cultivable land, subject to certain exclusions.
It has been assessed that it would take much more time for Assam and Meghalaya and the UTs of J&K and Ladakh to complete the work of Aadhaar seeding of data of beneficiaries and the beneficiaries of these States or UTs may not be able to avail the benefits of the Scheme with effect from April 1, 2020 onwards, if the relaxation from mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of data is not extended.
The total number of beneficiary farmers in these States and UTs who have been paid at least one installment as on April 8, 2020 are 27,09,586 in Assam, 98,915 in Meghalaya and 10,01,668 beneficiaries in J&K, including Ladakh.
The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24, 2019.
Under the Scheme, an amount of Rs 6,000 per year is released in three 4-monthly instalments of Rs 2,000 each directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.