Data Woes Hit PM KISAN

Implementation of the much touted flagship program of Government of India-Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) will be a Herculean Task with the stipulation that for determining benefit for the farmers through with a clear and updated land record is required.

This came to fore after the details of PM-KISAN Program has been intimated to the State Government by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.

Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, while informing the launching of PM-KISAN Program by the Union Government has said that the existing Land Ownership System of the State will be used for identification of beneficiaries.

“Those whose names appear in the Land Records as on 1 February, 2019 shall be eligible for benefit”, Mr.Agarwal said categorically adding “ If a Landholder Farmer Family has land parcels spread across different village/ revenue records, the land will be pooled for determining the benefit”.

Mr.Agarwal has specifically said that “The Cut Off date for determination of ownership of land as per land records is 1 February, 2019 and changes thereafter in land records shall not be considered for eligibility of the benefit to the new land holder for next five years”.

In fact this will pose the real problem as in Odisha land records are not updated for years together and recently while implementing popular KALIA Scheme, the State Government has not went for such stipulations.

Funds were transferred to the farmers’ account with their self declaration about the land ownership.

Now the direction of the Government of India that the State Government will have to go for complete updation of land records for the purpose expeditiously will be a Herculean Task and it is hugely a time taking affair, admits senior official.

Mr.Agarwal has also said that a small and marginal farmer family for the purpose of the calculation of the benefit is defined as “ A family comprising of husband, wife and minor children (up to 18 years of age), who collectively own cultivable land up to Two Hectare as per Land Records of the State.

While Mutation of Land Records have not been done in several farmers’ families after a child attains 19 years or more and hundreds of applications are pending in various Tahsils for years together, then how an adult child of a famer , who is also engaged in farming activities will receive PM-KISAN benefit will be posing question mark, admit officials.

Under PM-KISAN the financial benefit of Rs.6000 Per Year will be provided to all small and marginal farmer family having total cultivable land holding of up to Two hectare.

This will be provided in three equal installments of Rs.2000 each in a period of every four months in a financial year and the benefit shall be admissible for transfer with effect from 1 February, 2019, said he.

In KALIA farmers received Rs.5000 at one go with their self declaration and next installment of Rs.5000 the farmers will be receiving just before the Kharif Season to manage farm expenses.

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