Modi releases 10th instalment of PM-KISAN, more than Rs 20,000 crore transferred to farmer families
New Delhi, January 1, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released the 10th instalment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme amounting to more than Rs 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore farmer families.
During the programme, he also released an equity grant of more than Rs. 14 crore to about 351 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), which will benefit more than 1.24 lakh farmers. He also interacted with the FPOs.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Ministers, LGs, Agriculture Ministers and farmers from several states also participated in the virtual conference.
Interacting with an FPO from Uttarakhand, Modi asked about the choice of organic farming by them and the ways of certification of the organic products. He also talked about the marketing of organic products. The farmers told him how they arrange for organic fertilizers. He said the government was for promoting natural and organic farming as it reduces the reliance on chemical fertilizers and improves the income of the farmers.
The FPO from Punjab informed the Prime Minister about the ways of disposing of the crop stubble without setting it on fire. They also talked about the super seeder and help from government agencies. Modi expressed the hope that their experience in stubble disposal in an environment-friendly manner should be emulated everywhere.
The FPO from Rajasthan talked about honey production. They said the concept of FPO has been very useful for them with the help of NAFED.
The FPO from Uttar Pradesh talked about their process of helping the members with seeds, organic fertilizers, variety of horticulture products. They also talked about helping farmers with getting benefits from the government schemes. They were getting the benefits of e-NAM facilities.
The FPO from Tamil Nadu said with NABARD support, they formed the FPO to get better prices and it is fully owned and operated by women. They informed the Prime Minister that Sorghum was being produced in keeping with the weather conditions of the area. The Prime Minister said Nari Shakti’s success was an indication of their indomitable willpower. He asked the farmers to take benefits of millet farming.
The FPO from Gujarat talked about natural farming and how cow-based agriculture can reduce the expense and stress on the soil. Tribal communities of the region were also benefitting from the concept.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister offered his condolences for the victims of the stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. He said he had talked to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha regarding the arrangements for the treatment of the injured.
“On entering the new year, we need to embark upon a new journey taking inspiration from the achievements of the past years,” Modi said referring to the nation’s effort in fighting the pandemic, vaccination and arranging to meet the needs of the vulnerable sections during the difficult period. The country was spending Rs 2.60 lakh crores on making ration available to these sections.
He said the Government was working relentlessly to strengthen its medical infrastructure. New oxygen plants, new medical colleges, wellness centres, Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission and Ayushman Bharat Digital Health Mission were set up in the direction of revamping the medical infrastructure.
“This year, we will complete 75 years of our independence. This is the time to start a new vibrant journey of the country's resolves, to move forward with renewed vigour,” he said. Elaborating on the power of collective effort, the Prime Minister pointed out that “when 130 crores Indians take one step, it is not merely one step but it amounts to 130 crore steps.”
Speaking about the economy, he said that, on many parameters, the Indian economy was looking better than pre-COVID days. “Today, the growth rate of our economy is more than 8%. Record foreign investment has come to India. Our forex reserves have reached record levels. Old records have also been surpassed in the GST collection. We have also set new records in the matter of exports, especially in agriculture.”
In 2021, a transaction of more than Rs 70 lakh crore was done on UPI. Out of the more than 50,000 start-ups, 10,000 had come up in India during the last six months.
The year 2021 was also the year of strengthening India’s cultural heritage. Initiatives like beautification and development of Kashi Vishwanath Dham and Kedarnath Dham, Renovation of Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya, restoration of the stolen idol of Goddess Annapoorna, construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and getting World Heritage status for Dholavira and Durga Puja festival were strengthening India’s heritage and enhancing its tourism and pilgrimage potential.
Sainik Schools were opened for girls along with the doors of the National Defence academy. In the year just gone by, attempts were initiated for raising the marriage age for girls to 21, equal to boys. Indian sportspersons also brought glory to the nation in 2021.
Leading the world against climate change, India has also set a target of Net Zero Carbon emissions in front of the world by 2070. Many records of renewable energy were being met by India before time. It was working on a hydrogen mission, taking the lead in electric vehicles. The PM Gatishakti National Master Plan will give a new edge to the pace of infrastructure construction in the country. “Giving new dimensions to Make in India, the country has implemented ambitious plans for new sectors like chip manufacturing and semiconductors,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that PM Kisan Samman Nidhi was a big support for India’s farmers. “If we include today’s transfer, more than Rs 1.80 lakh crores have been transferred directly to the accounts of the farmers,” he said.
Through the FPOs, small farmers were feeling the power of collective strength. He pointed out five benefits of FPOs for small farmers. These were increased bargaining power, scale, innovation, risk management and adaptability to the market conditions. Keeping in mind the benefits of FPO’s the government was promoting them at every level. These FPOs are getting the help of up to Rs 15 lakh. As a result, FPOs like Organic FPOs, Oil Seed FPOs, Bamboo clusters and Honey FPOs were coming up all over the country.
“Today, our farmers are benefitting from the schemes like ‘One District One Products’ and markets, both national and global, are opening for them,” he said. Reliance on imports was being reduced by schemes like the National Palm Oil Mission with a budget of Rs 11,000 crore.
The Prime Minister talked about the milestones that were achieved in the agriculture sector in recent years. Foodgrain production touched 300 million tonnes, similarly, horticulture and floriculture production reached 330 million tonnes. Milk production also increased almost 45 per cent in the last 6-7 years. About 60 lakh hectare land was brought under micro-irrigation; more than one lakh crore was given in compensation under Prime Minister Fasal BimaYojna, while the premium received was just Rs 21,000 crores. Ethanol production increased from 40 crore litres to 340 crore litres in just seven years.
Talking about the Gobardhan Scheme to promote biogas, he said If there was value in cow dung, the non-milch animals will not be a burden on farmers. The Government has established Kaamdhenu Commission and was strengthening dairy sector infrastructure.