Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced Rs 10,000 per annum for farmers under the ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi’, ahead of bypolls in the state.
Earlier, the farmers were getting Rs 6,000 per year, in three installments, from the PM Samman Nidhi.
“Today I have decided to tag two more installments of Rs 2,000 each in PM Kisan Samman Nidhi from CM Kisan Kalyan Yojana. Now, the farmers will get Rs 10,000 per year,” Chouhan said at a function, in Bhopal on Tuesday.
In the last assembly elections in the state, the Congress came to power after it announced farm loan waiver. And the party is again campaigning for farm loan endeavours, accusing the BJP of not letting it implement the scheme.
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have opposed the three agriculture-related Bills passed by the parliament. Farmer bodies, along with the opposition parties, are opposing the Bills they allege will remove the MSP from produce. The farmers of Madhya Pradesh are also outraged by the farm Bills.
However, Chouhan’s announcement is termed as a move to placate farmers ahead of by-polls to 27 seats in MP.
The Chouhan government had recently dispensed crop insurance compensation among farmers in the state.
Chouhan was speaking at the Kisan Credit card distribution and transfer of funds to banks for crop loans function.