Chhattisgarh: Excluded From PM-KISAN, Baiga Tribe Farmers Plan Agitation
Per reports, forest villages have not been included in the software being used to enumerate beneficiaries of the scheme.
Farmers belonging to the Baiga tribe in Chhattisgarh have reportedly been excluded from of the Central government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme announced in the interim budget.
The scheme, announced for small and marginal farmers with land upto 2 hectares, is failing to benefit a large number of Baiga farmers in Mungeli district. Farmers of the tribe, living chiefly in and around forest areas, practice shifting cultivation. Brijesh Kumar Yadav reported in Patrika that the software being used to enumerate beneficiaries, recognises revenue villages only and does not factor in forest villages.
Around 35 villages in the Lormi Nagar Panchayat area are forest villages. The report added that the state government had converted 18 other forest villages to revenue villages but even then, the farmers in these villages have not benefited from the scheme.
The forest-dwelling Baiga farmers are reportedly running pillar to post for getting their names included in the beneficiaries’ list. They visited the tehsil office as well as the office of Patwari, but have not received any relief.
The Patrika report added that they are now planning to gherao the Mungeli district collector’s office to make their grievances heard.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, small and marginal farmers will receive a financial assistance of Rs 6,000 per year in three instalments. The government is in a rush to distribute the first instalment, Rs 2,000, before the Model Code of Conduct comes into force upon the announcement of the elections.
The hasty implementation of the scheme has resulted in several issues such as funds transfer being reversed from farmers’ account and errors in data entry.