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The Government with a view to augment the income of the farm families is implementing a Central Sector Scheme, namely,”Pradhan Mantri KIsan SAmman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)”.  The Scheme is in effect from 01.12.2018.


With a view to provide income support to all land holding eligible farmer families, the Government has launched PM-KISAN. The scheme aims to supplement the financial needs of the farmers in procuring various inputs to ensure proper crop health and appropriate yields, commensurate with the anticipated farm income.

Eligibility – It will be given per year to all landholder farmers’ families in the country except,

  1. All Institutional Land holders.
  2. Farmer families in which one or more of its members belong to following categories,
  3. a) Former and present holders of constitutional post.
  4. b) Former and present – Ministers/ State Ministers, MPs & MLAs
  5. c) Former and present Mayors of Municipal Corporations, Chairpersons of District Panchayats.
  6. d) All serving or retired officers and employees of Central/ State Government Ministries /Offices/Departments and its

field units Central or State PSEs and Attached offices /Autonomous Institutions under Government as well as regular

employees of the Local Bodies.

  1. e) All superannuated/retired pensioners whose monthly pension is Rs.10,000/-or more (Excluding Multi-Tasking

Staff / Class IV/Group D employees)

  1. f) All Persons who paid Income Tax in last assessment year.
  2. g) Professionals like Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Chartered Accountants, and Architects registered with

Professional bodies and carrying out profession by undertaking practices.

Conditions of the scheme:

  • The amount will be given in three instalments of Rs.2000 each.
  • The amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer to ensure transparency and save time for the farmers.
  • The changes in land records after February 1, 2019 shall not be considered for this scheme.
  • State Government and UT Administration will identify the beneficiaries.
  • The cash transfer is not linked to the land size and hence it becomes an income supplement to landowning households.
  • However, it has left the landless tenants out of its scope.

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