In a bid to increase farmer inclusion, a special campaign targets comprehensive PMKSNY enrollment across Gram Panchayats.
In a move aimed at extending the benefits of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PMKSNY) to a greater number of farmers in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath-led government is set to launch a special campaign. The initiative, which promises an annual sum of Rs. 6,000 to eligible farmers, aims to ensure that maximum possible farmers come under the purview of the scheme.
The campaign, spanning from May 22 to June 10, is designed to saturate the Gram Panchayats by achieving comprehensive coverage of farmers. During this period, officers and employees from various departments, including agriculture, revenue, rural development, and Panchayati Raj, will conduct door-to-door visits.
In Uttar Pradesh, the PMKSNY scheme currently covers 2,83,10,177 farmers. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, stressing the need for the campaign, has instructed officials to strive for 100 per cent eligible farmer coverage in the state.
Monitoring the Implementation
Chief Secretary D.S. Mishra has been entrusted with the task of monitoring the implementation of the scheme. He recently convened a meeting with farmers who, despite their eligibility, have not been receiving the benefits of the scheme. Various departments informed Mishra that a considerable number of farmers who applied via the open source platform have not been included in the scheme. Moreover, farmers with outdated land records have been missing out on the benefits.
A Look at PMKSNY
Under the PMKSNY scheme, a total of 13 instalments have been distributed so far. The e-KYC has been made mandatory for the 14th instalment. The agriculture department will serve as the nodal department overseeing the entire campaign.
The On-Ground Execution
For the effective execution of the campaign, representatives of the gram pradhan, village development officer, panchayat secretary, lekhpal, technical assistant (agriculture), common service centre, and post office will be present at the camps organised at the gram panchayat level. Their presence will facilitate hassle-free e-KYC, linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, and land seeding, ensuring a smooth enrolment process for the farmers.
The upcoming campaign is indeed a step in the right direction to ensure that the benefits of PMKSNY reach every eligible farmer in Uttar Pradesh. The scheme, which was introduced with the noble intention of financially supporting the farmer community, can only achieve its intended purpose when it reaches its entire target demographic.
By acknowledging the gaps in the scheme’s coverage and addressing them with a targeted campaign, the Uttar Pradesh government is demonstrating its commitment to the state’s agricultural sector. The success of this initiative will hinge on its effective execution and the state’s ability to rectify the systemic issues that have so far impeded comprehensive coverage.