But the Centre has made it clear that it would not tweak its rule of direct transfer to farmers’ bank accounts under the scheme.
“We would like to follow the same rule for West Bengal which we have been following for all the states since February last year. Money is meant to be transferred directly to the farmers’ bank accounts. We’ll stick to this rule,” said an official in the agriculture ministry which has been implementing the scheme.
After denying nearly 72 lakh of its farmers the benefit of the scheme for over 18 months, the West Bengal CM had on September 9 written to agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar expressing her wish to implement PM-Kisan in her state.
She said the state government would be happy to provide benefits to farmers under the PM-Kisan scheme and in that case, the central government may transfer the requisite fund directly to the state government for “further disbursement with full responsibility to the beneficiaries through the state government machinery”.
Under the fully-funded central scheme launched in February last year, Rs 6,000 per year is provided to each landholder farmer’s family in three equal instalments. State governments and UT administration identify the farmer families. All states and UTs, except West Bengal, have joined the scheme.
The fund is directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. Payment is done on the basis of Aadhaar -seeded data of beneficiaries, except for the state/UTs of Assam, Meghalaya, J&K and Ladakh, which have been given exemption in this regard up to March 31, 2021.