Account Minister Piyush Goyal had reported the plan while introducing the Interim Budget on Friday. Goyal said farmers who claimed under 2 hectares of land would get pay as direct income worth Rs 6,000 per year — Rs 2,000 out of installment divided in three parts. Urgently, the plan was presented with review impact, and the administration intends to exchange the main portion to recipients in the current financial year.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and union territories (UTs), Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said the cut-off date for determining Setting in motion the process of disbursing the first tranche of income support for farmers under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, the Union government has directed states to use the existing land-ownership system to identify beneficiaries, and stated that only those whose names appeared in land records as of February 1, 2019, would be considered.

The ownership of land under the scheme was February 1, 2019, and any changes to land records after that would not be considered for eligibility of the benefit for the next five years. “However, the scheme benefit will be allowed on transfer of ownership of cultivable land on account of succession,” it said.

The funds shall be released periodically based on the receipt of fund transfer order from the states concerned with the eligible beneficiaries’ details. It also asked states to notify district-level grievance redressal committees and designate a nodal department for implementation of the scheme.

The government has already earmarked Rs 20,000 crore for disbursement in the current fiscal year to an estimated 12 crore farmers.

Meanwhile, in an interview to PTI, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar expressed confidence that there would not be any major difficulty in implementing this farm package, except in North-Eastern states where it might take a little more time.

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