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Kaito launches farmers’ pension scheme

Kaito launches farmers’ pension scheme
Agriculture minister G Kaito Aye speaking the PM-KMY launching programme in Kohima on Thursday. (NP)
KOHIMA, SEP 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/12/2019 10:22:30 AM IST

Nagaland agriculture minister G Kaito Aye launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maandhan Yojna (PM-KMY) -- pension scheme for farmers -- in the conference hall of the directorate of agriculture here Thursday.

The scheme which was launched Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday at Ranchi, the Capital of Jharkhand would secure the lives of 5 crore small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month, to those who attain 60 years of age.

Speaking at the launching the programme, the agriculture minister said that the Centre has introduced an old age scheme for all the land holding small and marginal farmers in the country, a voluntary contribution pension scheme for the age group of 18-40 years after which they will be provided with Rs 3,000 monthly pension after attaining the age of 60 years.

While informing that the state has 1, 95,784 farmers registered under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, the minister suggested that the same farmers to also opt for pension scheme. He stated the scheme would not only benefit the farmers at the old age, but also would encourage and boost the farmers morally to work harder when they are young and active. 

Kaito opined that the scheme would benefit the farmer as well as the state in general in the agriculture sector.

In this regard, the minister impressed upon the department to work sincerely in registering the farmers of the State so they benefit from the scheme. 

Principal Secretary and APC, N Hushili Sema, also said the scheme was to create a social security for the farmers during old age. She, therefore, urged upon the officers to ensure visibility and transparency in implementing the scheme.

Further, she suggested that the officers should monitor at the district, block and village levels in creating awareness to the farmers to avail the benefit.

Additional director agriculture, S Kivikhu Achumi, said that various activities of sensitization programme have been conducted. He said that campaigns and melas would also be carried out in all the districts and subdivisions to create awareness among the targeted group of the farmers. He informed that registration of the beneficiary would start when the Centre sends the details to access the portal. 

 

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