First Instalment of PM-KISAN Delayed Due to Errors in Data, 90 Lakh Farmers Affected
The Modi govt is in a rush to implement the first phase of the scheme before the Mode Code of Conduct comes into force.
The first instalment of Rs 2,000 under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme has reportedly been delayed for nearly 90 lakhs farmers of 6 state including Bihar and Jharkhand, further raising the question over the hasty roll out of the scheme.
According to a report in Dainik Bhaskar, data for around 90 lakh farmers in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan had to be sent back to the states due to errors in names of beneficiaries, their back account numbers etc.
The report added that the Union Agriculture Ministry has asked the states to resend the data at the earliest, so that the money can be distributed before the announcement of upcoming General Elections.
With the inevitability of the Model Code of Conduct coming into force upon the Election Commission’s notification, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is in a hurry to distribute the first instalment of the scheme.
The implementation of the scheme, formally launched on February 24 by PM Modi, has been marred by glitches and mismanagement. Last week in Maharashtra, it was reported that a farmer’s first instalment was taken back from his bank account hours after it was deposited.