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Centre accepts state’s proposal to implement PM-KISAN with Nagas’ land holding system

Centre accepts state’s proposal to implement PM-KISAN with Nagas’ land holding system
Kaito Aye with Narendra Singh Tomar
DIMAPUR, JUL 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/5/2019 12:03:07 PM IST

In a major development, the Union Agriculture ministry has accepted the State government’s proposal to implement the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (Prime Minister Farmers’ Welfare Scheme) – PM-KISAN – in accordance with the unique landholding system of the Nagas. 

State’s Agriculture & Cooperation minister G Kaito Aye had tabled the proposal in a meeting chaired by Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi on June 2. 

The meeting was attended by representatives of Government of India, including agriculture secretary, DoNER secretary and land resources secretary. State’s additional secretary of agriculture Temsunaro Aier and scheme’s State nodal officer Letkholal Hangshing accompanied Kaito. 

In keeping with the landholding system prevalent in Nagaland, where land is largely owned by the community/clan/khel or chieftain (in the case of some tribes), the State’s agriculture minister had proposed that all beneficiaries – individual farmers – of the PM-KISAN scheme in Nagaland be certified by respective village councils or by village chiefs in particular cases, duly verified by administrative head of the block/division/district and countersigned by deputy commissioners of the respective districts. 

The proposal was discussed threadbare and, after long deliberation and consideration, was accepted by all members present in the meeting. 

PM-KISAN was launched by Government of India with the objective 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. It is a Central sector scheme with 100% funding from the Centre. 

Under the scheme, income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal instalments will be provided to small and marginal farmer families having combined landholding/ownership of up to two hectares. State government and Union Territory administration will identify the farmer families that are eligible for support as per scheme guidelines. The fund will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

 

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