In the interim budget 2019-20, the Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had announced the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana for the farmers. During the budget speech, the Finance Minister had announced that it would provide income support of Rs 6,000 for small and marginal farmers.
Recently, the Central Government has issued major rules and guidelines relating to the scheme on the official website of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (http://pmkisan.nic.in). It states that the families, serving or retired government employees, existing or former MPs, legislators and ministers who have given income tax will not get the benefit of the income support scheme declared in the budget.
Guidelines for the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana
While releasing the operational guidelines of this Rs 75,000 crore scheme, the government has said that the registered physicians, engineers, lawyers, chartered accountants and architects of the professional bodies and their family members will not be eligible to take advantage of this scheme.
In the guidelines, small and marginal farmers have been defined as such a farmer family, where according to land records of the respective State or Union Territory, the husband, wife and minor children, collectively, the cultivable land should be two hectares or less is.
It has also been pointed out in the guidelines that despite fulfilling the land boundary, some categories of people will not be eligible for this cash support.
Under the scheme, the government will release the first installment before March 31.
Aadhaar number is not necessary for getting the first installment, but it will be mandatory from the second installment.
Institutional land owners have also not been included in the list of beneficiaries.
Who will not get the benefit?
If one or more members of a farmer's family are in the following categories, formerly or currently employed in an institutional post, existing or former minister, minister of state, Lok Sabha-Rajya Sabha, former or current members of the Legislative Council, before Municipal Corporations or Existing mayor and district panchayats come in existing or former chairperson, they will not get the benefit of this scheme.
In addition to the existing or retired employees of the Central and State Governments, regular employees of the local bodies (in which multi-tasking staff-category four-group D employees are not included) will not get the benefit of this scheme.
All retired employees or pensioners who have a monthly pension of Rs 10,000 or above will also not get the benefit of this scheme.
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