Prime Minister Narendra Modi today transferred over Rs 17,000 crores to the bank accounts of over 8.5 crore farmers as part of the PM-KISAN scheme.
The amount was part of the sixth installment of the scheme launched in 2018.
Launched in December, 2018, the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna (PM-KISAN) scheme has provided a direct cash benefit of over Rs. 75,000 Crore to more than 9.9 Crore farmers, as per the government.
The funds are being directly transferred into the Aadhaar authenticated beneficiaries’ bank account to prevent leakage and increase convenience for farmers.
The scheme has also been instrumental in supporting farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic, through the release of nearly Rs 22,000 Crore to aid the farmers during the lockdown period, the government said.