The government may reduce allocation for the PM-Kisan scheme by 20 per cent to around ₹60,000 crore in the upcoming budget due to implementation hurdles in some States, according to sources.
The Centre had allocated ₹75,000 crore in the Budget Estimate (BE) for 2019-20 to implement the scheme, under which ₹6,000 is being provided to farmers per year in three equal instalments.
However, sources said the allocation is estimated to have come down to ₹61,000 crore in the Revised Estimate (RE) for the current fiscal as some States, including West Bengal, have not rolled out the scheme and many others do not have proper data of the farmers.
The projection of the number of beneficiary farmers has also been pegged lower at 14 crore from the earlier 14.5 crore.
“The government is expected to allocate around ₹61,000 crore for 2020-21 fiscal, almost same amount that was provided in the revised estimate for the 2019-20 fiscal,” a source said.
The allocation in revised budget estimate has been lowered as the Centre has so far distributed funds under the PM-Kisan scheme to 8.35 crore farmers, sources added.
In the interim budget presented in February 2019, the government had launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan). That apart, the government may increase farm credit target by 10 per cent from ₹13.5 lakh crore targeted for this fiscal, sources said.
Agri credit target
The target for agriculture credit for this fiscal has already been achieved.
Sources also said the government may allocate ₹15,000 crore for farm insurance scheme, up from ₹14,000 crore in the current year. Already, the government has disbursed ₹12,135 crore towards premium till December 2019.