The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) is a government initiative to support small and marginal farmers across India.
PM-Kisan: Who is eligible?
PM-Kisan is a government initiative in India to provide financial support to small and marginal farmers. To be eligible for the PM-Kisan scheme, farmers must meet certain criteria. Here's a list of who is eligible for the PM-Kisan scheme:
Farmers who own cultivable land in their name are eligible for the scheme. The land could be owned individually or jointly, but the farmer's name must be in the land records.
Both small and marginal farmers are eligible for PM-Kisan. Small farmers own agricultural land up to 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres), while marginal farmers own land up to 1 hectare (approximately 2.5 acres).
In the case of joint landholding, each eligible farmer from the family can avail of the benefit separately as long as they meet the land size criterion.
There is no specific age limit to be eligible for the scheme. If the farmer meets the land ownership and size criteria, they can apply for PM-Kisan benefits.
PM-Kisan: Who is not eligible?
Though the PM-Kisan scheme aims to support many farmers across India, there are certain exclusions to ensure the benefits effectively reach the intended beneficiaries. Here's a list of who is not eligible for the PM-Kisan scheme:
Farmers who own more than 2 hectares of cultivable land are not eligible for the scheme. The focus is on providing support to small and marginal farmers.
Serving or retired government employees, including state or central government employees, are not eligible for PM-Kisan benefits. The scheme is meant for those engaged primarily in agricultural activities.
Individuals engaged in professions other than farming, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, or business owners, are not eligible for the scheme, even if they own agricultural land.
Farmers whose land is owned by educational institutions, religious organizations, or other non-individual entities are not eligible for the scheme.
Those with significant income from non-agricultural sources, or those who fall under higher income tax brackets, are not eligible for PM-Kisan benefits.