Will PM-Kisan transform India’s agriculture support ecosystem?
The farm income support scheme was launched after NDA’s other flagship schemes failed to tackle rural distress
The scheme promises to pay ₹6,000 every year to each of the 120 million farmer families in India
NEW DELHI : The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the centre announced a scheme for farmers in the interim budget presented on 1 February, with just a few months to go for the general elections and under immense pressure to assuage the anger of farmers. Then finance minister Piyush Goyal called it “historic" and said the income transfer scheme, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi or PM-Kisan, will pave the way for farmers to live respectable lives.