Bhubaneswar, Mar 2: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has written Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his intervention in disbursal of 7th installment assistance to farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme of the Centre.
He has requested the Chief Minister to personally look into the matter and ensure expeditious disbursal of the aid under PM-KISAN.
In his letter Pradhan said only 24.7 lakh Odisha farmers have received the aid in 7th installment out of the 40.5 lakh beneficiaries registered under PM-KISAN.
Though two-third of the state’s population are farmers who contribute to a fifth of the state’s GDP, the number of farmers receiving the benefits under PM-KISAN is far less than the registered beneficiaries, Pradhan stated.
The Union Minister alleged that due to non-compliance to procedural requirements and administrative oversight by the state officials, several farmers are deprived of the benefits.
Non-disbursement of benefits under PM-KISAN Samman Nidhi Yojana to the needy farmers at a time when the pandemic has affected many of them is disheartening. “It is like depriving them of the government support when they need it the most,” he added.
He said the trend of lower fund releases has been noticed over the years. While only 9.73 lakh farmers were paid in the first installment, it was 29.92 lakh farmers in the second installment, 28.87 lakh farmers in the third installment, 25.61 lakh in the 4th installment, 21.55 lakh in the 5th installment and 23.38 lakh in the 6th installment.