Rs 800 cr given to 40 lakh farmers under PM Kisan Yojana in Gujarat

Under the PM Kisan scheme, the government gives Rs 6000 annually to each farmer in three equal installments of Rs 2000 each.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan Yojana), approximately Rs 800 crore has been distributed to quite 40 lakh farmers in Gujarat during the month of April, government officials said on Tuesday.

“The first advance payment under the PM Kisan Yojana has been made into the bank accounts of quite 40 lakh farmers in Gujarat. The cumulative Rs 800 crore has been transferred for the month of April,” said Ashwini Kumar, secretary to the chief minister while addressing media persons at Gandhinagar.

He said the cash has been given to assist farmers to continue with the agricultural activities in midst of the lockdown. Under the PM Kisan scheme, the govt gives Rs 6000 annually to every farmer in three equal installments of Rs 2000 each.

On Tuesday, the government extended the Rs 25 lakh compensation package to all or any government employees fighting the battle against Covid-19.

“This compensation package of Rs 25 lakh is now applicable to all or any the govt employees who are within the front-line within the fight against Covid-19,” said Kumar. On Sunday Chief minister Vijay Rupani had announced this package for police personnel, employees of health, revenue, civil supplies departments, and fair price shop owners. This compensation is going to be paid to the kin of the govt servant if he/she contracts the disease and passes away while doing their duty during the lockdown.

Talking about the availability of essential commodities, the IAS officer said that on Tuesday over 6.25 lakh liters of additional milk was collected from farmers who wont to earlier supply it to non-public dairies. The government had earlier allowed farmers connected with private dairies to sell their milk to the 18 milk cooperative unions in Gujarat. This step was taken after the private dairies were closed during the lockdown. These milk cooperative unions in Gujarat collect approximately 210 lakh liters of milk daily from farmers within the state.

Kumar also said that the vegetable market in Ahmedabad has been shifted from Jamalpur to Jetalpur on Tuesday and there are not any issues regarding the supply of vegetables within the city. He said that the APMC in Surat city was shut down on Monday and now it'll be reopened on Wednesday after certain facilities to take care of social distancing were added.

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