Bengal Turned Down PM-Kisan Scheme, But 8,000 Farmers Have Registered Online, Says Minister
New Delhi: About 7,000-8,000 farmers of West Bengal have registered themselves online for availing Rs 6,000 annual benefit from the central scheme PM-Kisan despite the state refusing to implement the programme, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday.
However, these farmers cannot get the benefit of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) scheme as the Centre cannot bypass the federal norms, he added.
Last month, the government opened the PM-Kisan portal for self-registration.
The scheme will benefit 70 lakh farmers in the state who will get about Rs 4,200 crore a year," Tomar added.
On the PM-Kisan portal, farmers who have not been enrolled so far can register themselves.