NEW DELHI || In a bid to ensure pan-India, wider coverage of farmers’ income support scheme — Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan), the Centre has now roped in Common Service Centre (CSC) to speed up the enrolment process. The Ministry of Agriculture has tied up with CSC, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) under the Ministry of IT and Electronics, to fulfil the target of enrolling 14 crore marginal farmers across India.
PM-Kisan is 100% income support scheme funded by the Centre which was launched in December 2018. Under the scheme, income support of Rs.6,000 per year is provided to all farmer families across the country in three equal instalments of Rs.2,000 each every four months.
“CSC has been roped in by the Ministry of Agriculture to expedite the coverage of the scheme. Over 3-lakh CSCs spread across length and breadth of the country will now start enrolling farmers eligible for PM-Kisan scheme. Farmers can now visit nearby CSCs to get enrolled and avail the scheme’s benefit. CSCs have also been given the mandate to make any changes in the previous enrolment. Any farmer who is already a beneficiary and wants to make changes in his enrollment forms like address or nominee can visit CSCs to get it done,” CSC CEO Dinesh Tyagi told The News Agency.
Tyagi further informed that CSC has already been doing the enrolment work for PM Kisan Maan Dhan – a Centre-sponsored pension scheme for farmers. Now with the mandate for PM-Kisan, CSCs will emerge as a major social support centre for marginal farmers across India.
“We are proud to be associated with the two government schemes which provide crucial social and financial support to crores of farmers across India. All marginal farmers are being provided with such incentives for the first time in the country. This will address the concern of our farmers and provide them with desired support, this will lead to a new era in farmers’ empowerment. All village level entrepreneurs (VLEs) who run our CSCs have been directed to speed up enrollments under both the schemes so that maximum farmers and their families are benefited from it,” Tyagi added.
Agriculture Ministry sources said since its launch last year, only 7 crore farmers have been enrolled in the PK-Kisan scheme against the target of 14 crores. In a high-level meeting it was decided to rope in CSC to speed up the enrollment process. Till now local patwaris, revenue officers and Nodal Officer (PM-Kisan) nominated by the State Governments were responsible for enrollment of farmers. Similarly, the online self-registration mechanism for farmers also failed to pick up.
— Madan Jha/New Delhi