9 cr farmer families get benefit under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi

New Delhi: The time has come for Brand India to establish itself in the agricultural markets of the world,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said.

The Central government released the next installment of financial benefit under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi virtually.

PM Modi said Rs 18000 cr were deposited directly in the bank account of more than 9 cr farmer families in the country at the click of a button on Friday. He said ever since this scheme started, over 1 lakh 10 thousand crore rupees were deposited in the account of farmers.

He expressed regret that over 70 lakh farmers of West Bengal have not been able to get this benefit, but over 23 lakh farmers of Bengal have applied online to take advantage of this scheme.

The Prime Minister said the parties which do not speak in the interest of farmers in West Bengal, come here to Delhi and talk about the farmer.

PM Modi said the government tried to ensure that the country’s farmers get a fair price for the crop. He said the Government fixed one and a half times the production cost as MSP for the farmers as per the recommendations of the long-standing Swaminathan Committee report.

The Prime Minister said that the Government aimed to open new markets for the farmers to sell their crop. He said the Government added more than a thousand agricultural mandis of the country online. The Prime Minister said today, the farmers are getting a pucca house, toilet and clean piped drinking water. They have benefited greatly from the free electricity connection, free gas connection. Free treatment up to Rs. 5 lakh under Ayushman Bharat scheme has reduced the major concern of the lives of farmers.

The Prime Minister said investment and innovation has improved in other sectors, the income was enhanced and Brand India was established in that sector. He said now the time has come for Brand India to establish itself in the agricultural markets of the world with equal prestige.