Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is set to release the 15th installment of the PM-KISAN scheme from Birsa College, Khunti, Jharkhand, on November 15, coinciding with ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ or Tribal Pride Day. This day is dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of tribal communities in preserving cultural heritage and promoting Indian values.
The event will be broadcast nationwide through various platforms, including Krishi Vigyan Kendras, ICAR Institutes, State Agricultural Universities, PM Kisan Samriddhi Kendras, Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, and Common Service Centers (CSCs).
The 15th installment, totaling more than Rs. 18,000 crores, will directly benefit over 8 crore farmers. Since its inception, the PM-KISAN scheme has cumulatively transferred well over Rs. 2.80 lakh crore to beneficiaries, supporting farmers in meeting their agricultural needs.
PM-KISAN, a flagship scheme of the Government of India, is among the world’s largest Direct Benefit Transfer schemes. Launched on February 24, 2019, it provides financial assistance of Rs. 6,000 per year to land-holding farmers, distributed in three equal installments every four months through Direct Benefit Transfer mode.
To ensure the benefit reaches genuine beneficiaries, eKYC and seeding of Aadhaar with active bank accounts are mandatory. The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has introduced a user-friendly mobile application for eKYC, incorporating facial authentication. This app allows farmers to complete their own eKYC and assist others in their community, promoting a hassle-free process.
In addition, the Ministry has introduced a PM-KISAN AI Chatbot (Kisan e-Mitra) available in local languages, offering voice and text assistance to address farmer queries and grievances promptly. The chatbot, integrated with Bhashini, supports farmers in obtaining accurate and timely information related to the PM-KISAN scheme.
The release of the 15th installment underscores the government’s commitment to the agricultural sector’s development, farmer empowerment, and sustainable agricultural practices.
The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare continues its efforts to enhance agricultural productivity, increase farmer incomes, and ensure food security for the nation.