Modi to release PM-KISAN instalment to 9 crore farmers on Dec 25

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New Delhi, Dec 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the next instalment of the financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) on December 25 via video-conferencing, his office said on Wednesday.

With the push of a button, Modi will enable the transfer of more than Rs 18,000 crore to over nine crore beneficiary farmer families, it added.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after being garlanded by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Jagat Prakash Nadda and Rajnath Singh during the celebrations after the victory in Bihar assembly election and by-election in other states at BJP headquarters on November 11, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after being garlanded by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Jagat Prakash Nadda and Rajnath Singh during the celebrations after the victory in Bihar assembly election and by-election in other states at BJP headquarters on November 11, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Modi will also interact with farmers from six states during the event, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

'The farmers will share their experiences with PM-KISAN and also on various other initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of farmers,' it said. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

The programme comes amid protests by various farmer unions against three farm laws recently enacted by the Modi government.

The government has insisted that these reforms are in the interest of farmers. PTI KR RC