New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was on Friday informed that the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, which supports land-holding farmer families and those working in allied sectors linked to agriculture, does not provide income or any other benefit to landless labourers. Also Read - Days After PM's Praise of NCP, Sharad Pawar Meets Modi in Parliament Over Maharashtra Farmers
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Parshottam Rupala on Friday noted that even those working in the allied sectors will not benefit from this Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. Responding to the supplementary questions asked by members in the Upper House of Parliament on Friday, Rupala put the onus on the states to decide who will receive the assistance aid of Rs 6,000 as promised under the Centre’s scheme. Also Read - Token of Appreciation: Farmers Felicitated in Punjab For Not Burning Stubble, to Get Rs 2500 Per Acre
Rupala also noted that the landless labourers are not entitled to receive the benefits provided by the government schemes meant for farmers unless the state identifies them as farmers. Also Read - Farmers Have Sex The Most and Journalists the Least, Says a UK Survey
In a written reply, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was quoted by a report as saying, “Agriculture being a state subject, the state governments undertake the implementation of programmes/schemes for development of the sector. Government of India supplements the efforts of the state governments through various schemes/programmes”. He added that the Central government extends support to all the land-holding farmer families across India whose cultivable land is recorded in their concerned state or Union Territory.
(With agency inputs)