On the second anniversary of the PM-Kisan scheme on Wednesday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar awarded the best performing states for exemplary work in implementing the scheme.PM-KISAN is a central scheme that gives a benefit of Rs 6,000 to farmer families with cultivable landholding through direct benefit transfer mode in three installments of Rs 2,000 each. The scheme was launched on February 24, 2019, by PM Narendra Modi.
The states highlighted by the agriculture minister for their performance are:
Karnataka: In terms of the highest number of beneficiaries authenticated under the PM-Kisan scheme, Karnataka emerged as the winner with 97 per cent authentication. According to official data, over 90 per cent of beneficiaries have been successfully receiving the benefits of the scheme
Maharashtra: Maharashtra received an award for effective physical verification and prompt grievance redressal. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) ruled state has completed 99 per cent physical verification and 60 percent of grievances have been properly redressed.
Uttar Pradesh: Uttar Pradesh was awarded for the fastest implementation of the PM-Kisan scheme. For the period between December 18 to March 19, the Yogi Adityanath led government enrolled nearly 15.3 million farmers as beneficiaries, as per government data.
Arunachal Pradesh: For the northeast and hilly areas Arunachal Pradesh emerged the winner for completing the highest number of Aadhar verifications, with 98 per cent of beneficiaries being verified.
Himachal Pradesh: The state of Himachal Pradesh also received an award for stellar performance in physical verification of beneficiaries and grievance redressal. Districts of Lahaul and Spiti topped the list of Aadhaar verification and the district of Kangra performed the best in terms of physical verification.
Apart from this, 15 districts from various states were given awards for different categories.
As of February 2021, benefits of Rs 1.15 lakh crores have been transferred to more than 10.75 crore beneficiaries across the country.