The Rajya Sabha, which supports land-holding farmer families and those working in combined sectors linked to agriculture does not provide income or any other benefit to landless labourers, was held on November 22 informed Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Parshottam Rupala on the same day shared that even those working in this sector won’t get any benefit from this Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. And replying to the query asked by members in the Upper House of Parliament at the event, Rupala put the onus on the states to decide who will receive the assistance aid of Rs 6,000 as promised under the Centre’s scheme.
He further also noted that the landless labourers are not entitled to receive the benefits provided by the government schemes meant for farmers unless the state identifies them as farmers.
In a written reply, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was quoted by a report as saying, “Agriculture being a state subject, the state governments undertake the implementation of programmes/schemes for the development of the sector. Government of India supplements the efforts of the state governments through various schemes/programmes”. He added that the Central government extends support to all the land-holding farmer families across India whose cultivable land is recorded in their concerned state or Union Territory.