18 Jun 2024

PM Modi will visit Varanasi for first time today after election results; will release 17th installment of PM-Kisan scheme

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on 18 June. During this, he will release the 17th installment of the Prime Minister-Kisan Scheme in Varanasi.

In this installment, 20 thousand crores will be given to more than 9 crore farmers.

PM Narendra Modi will land at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Babatpur at around 4 pm. After this, he will attend the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Sammelan at around 5 pm. .

After this, Modi will watch Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi and then go to Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Will distribute certificates to women trained as Krishi Sakhis 

PM Modi will release the 17th installment of the PM-KISAN scheme in which more than 9.26 crore farmers will receive the benefits amounting to over Rs.20,000 crore. The Prime Minster will also distribute the certificates to more than 30,000 women trained as Krishi Sakhis to work as para extension worker.

The event will be attended by Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Union Agriculture Minister and several State Ministers. More than 2.5 crore Farmers will join the event including those at 732 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), over 1 lakh Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, and 5 lakh Common Service Centres across the country.

Agriculture has always been a priority for PM: Shivraj

Union Agriculture Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, held a press conference on 15th June 2024, emphasizing the vital role of agriculture in India's economy and PM Modi's unwavering support for farmers. He stated that agriculture has always been a priority for the Prime Minister.

Shivraj highlighted that even today, most employment opportunities are generated through agriculture, and farmers are crucial in sustaining the country's food reserves. He described serving agriculture and farmers as akin to worshipping God. The Government's dedication to enhancing the agricultural sector is evident through its continuous efforts and strategic plans, including the upcoming 100-day plan.

PM-KISAN scheme launched on 24th February 2019 to supplement the financial needs of all land-holding farmers subject to certain exclusion criteria of higher income status. 

Over 34,000 Krishi Sakhis certified as Para-extension Workers

Krishi Sakhis are chosen as agriculture para-extension workers because they are trusted community resource persons and experienced farmers themselves. The Krishi Sakhis have already received extensive training in various agricultural practices, making them well equipped to support and guide fellow farmers effectively. As on date, over 34,000 Krishi Sakhis out of 70,000 have been certified as Para-extension Workers.

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