Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rolled out the Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna, also known as PM-KISAN, in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The PM-KISAN is a cash-transfer scheme announced in the Interim Budget this year by the Centre.

According to the programme, approximately 12 crore small and marginal farmers with less than 2 hectares landholding will receive Rs 6,000 in three instalments transferred directly to each farmers’ bank accounts.

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The process to transfer the first instalment – Rs 2,000 – started today.

“Today is a historic day. I have got the good fortune of transferring the first instalment directly into the country’s 1.1 crore farmers,” he said, adding that this is just a beginning.

The PM also issued a warning to state governments over the scheme, telling them that the “curse of the farmers will destroy” them.

“I warn those state governments who are looking to play politics with PM Kisan Yojna. If you indulge in this then curse of farmers will destroy your politics. I appeal to farmers, don’t be misled by anyone. ‘Mahamilavti’ logon ke moonh utre huye the Parliament mein jab scheme batayi gyi,” he said.

Dubbing loan waivers as ‘rewri’ (candies), the PM slammed state governments saying that such methods benefit only a select few.

“For us also loan waivers would have been easy and convenient, we also could have distributed ‘rewri’ for political and election benefits, but we can’t commit such a crime. Loan waiver benefits only a select few,” he said.

The PM underlined that while his government will transfer Rs 75,000 crore into the accounts of farmers, the ‘mahamilavati’ politicians waived off loans amounting to only Rs 53,000 crore in 10 years of their rule.

He also took a jibe at the Congress the PM said that the days of 85 paise of Re 1 getting lost in transmission are gone.

The PM said that farmers who have not got the first instalment will get it in the next few weeks.

“The state governments will have to send the list of the beneficiaries to the centre,” he said.

The Prime Minister will later today visit Prayagraj and take a dip in the Ganges at Kumbh.