Itanagar: The frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh has been adjudged the ‘best-performing state’ in the northeast and hilly region for effectively implementing the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.
Arunachal emerged as the winner for completing the highest number of Aadhar verifications, with 98 percent of beneficiaries being verified.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar presented the award to agriculture minister Tage Taki and state nodal officer (PM-KISAN) Idar Nyori at the national capital on Wednesday.
PM-Kisan is a flagship scheme of the Central government that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24, 2019.
Under the initiative an income support of Rs 6,000/- per year is provided to small and marginal farmer families having combined landholding/ownership of up to 2 hectares.
The amount is transferred into the farmer’s account through direct benefit transfer mode in three installments of Rs 2,000 each.
Benefits of Rs 1.15 lakh crore have been transferred to more than 10.75 crore beneficiaries across the country as of 2021.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu took to Twitter to congratulate the state’s department of agriculture for the feat.
“Farmer’s welfare is our priority. Congratulations to department of agriculture for achieving 98% Aadhar authentication of beneficiaries of PM Kisan,” he said.
Agriculture minister Taki also congratulated the officers and field functionaries of the state agriculture department.
“The award authenticates the efficient implementation of the scheme in the state and the sheer dedication of our officers and officials who have worked sincerely and tirelessly to achieve this milestone for the welfare of farmers of the state,” he said.