News Excerpt: 

The Prime Minister released the 15th Installment of PM KISAN Scheme on ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’.


  • The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, launched in February 2019, to provide direct financial assistance to land-holding farmers.
  • The scheme is designed to supplement the financial needs of farmers and support them in meeting their agricultural and other incidental expenses.
  • It is considered one of the world's largest Direct Benefit Transfer schemes.
  • The scheme's 15th installment, emphasizes on promoting agriculture, empowering farmers, and ensuring sustainable development in the agricultural sector.
  • Key features:
    • Financial Assistance: Eligible farmers receive a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year, distributed in three equal instalments every four months.
    • Inclusive Coverage: The scheme is targeted at all land-holding farmers, with certain exclusion criteria based on higher income status.
    • Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT): The financial assistance is transferred through the DBT mode, ensuring that the funds reach the beneficiaries directly without any intermediary involvement.
    • Technological Solutions: The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has introduced technological solutions to facilitate the implementation of the scheme.
      • Mobile application with facial authentication-based e-KYC. 
      • Allowing farmers to complete their own e-KYC and assist others in their neighbourhood. 
      • PM-KISAN AI Chatbot (Kisan e-Mitra) has been launched to address farmers' grievances related to the scheme.
      • Providing support in multiple languages through voice and text assistance.

About Janjatiya Gaurav Divas: 

  • Janjatiya Gaurav Divas is celebrated on November 15 each year.
  •  The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, a tribal leader who fought against British colonial rule in the late 19th century.
  • The event displays the unique tribal cultural heritage, their contributions to freedom struggle, practices, rights, traditions, cuisines, health, education and livelihood.

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