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Ninth installment of PM-Kisan released; PM pitches edible oil self-reliance

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, a total of Rs 19,509.27 crore was transferred to bank accounts of 9.75 crore beneficiary farmers across 32 states and Union Territories, towards the ninth installment.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: August 10, 2021 9:35:10 am
The Centre had held talks with the protesting farmer unions but in vain as it did not agree to their demand of withdrawing the three farm laws. (PTI/File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday released the four-monthly installment of Rs 2,000 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) to over 9.75 crore farmers for the August-November, 2021 period. It was the ninth installment under PM-Kisan since the scheme began from December-March 2018-19.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, a total of Rs 19,509.27 crore was transferred to bank accounts of 9.75 crore beneficiary farmers across 32 states and Union Territories, towards the ninth installment.

Uttar Pradesh accounts for the highest number of farmers – 2.23 crore – who got their installment in the latest round. The state is followed by Maharashtra (1.12 crore farmers) and Madhya Pradesh (81.14 lakh). In West Bengal, 26.86 lakh farmers have received the PM-Kisan installment. In the previous round, transferred on May 14, a little over 7 lakh farmers in West Bengal had received their entitlements under the PM-Kisan. The state implemented the scheme from the current financial year.

Speaking via videoconference at an event to release the installment, Prime Minister Modi interacted with beneficiaries of the scheme.

He also highlighted the need for becoming self-reliant in production of edible oil.

“We have seen that self-reliance is not enough only in wheat, rice, sugar, but self-reliance in pulses and [edible] oil is also very necessary. Whatever work we did in pulses, or in wheat and paddy in the past, now we have to take the same resolution for the production of edible oil also. To make our country self-reliance in the edible oil, we have to work fast,” Modi said.

“Today, when the country is remembering the Quit India Movement, on this historic day, this resolve fills us with new energy. Through the National Edible Oil Mission-Oil Palm mission, more than Rs 11,000 crore will be invested in the edible oil ecosystem,” the Prime Minister said.

According to the PM, Rs 1.60 lakh crore have been transferred in farmers’ bank accounts under the PM-Kisan so far.

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