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Most vulnerable farmers are left out as states across India start money transfers to farmland owners -Mridula Chari

-Scroll.in Landless farmers are left out of Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu, but nominally included in Odisha’s Kalia. For two decades, Chinthanna Linganna, 55, has cultivated agricultural land leased from others in Talamadugu village in Telangana’s Adilabad district. He currently rents 20 acres of land to grow cotton. Since May, the people who own this land have received cheques of up to Rs 1.6 lakh from the state government as agricultural investment support. Linganna...

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Few details, Rs 3.6 lakh crore-question: Will it be a top-up or subsidy tweak? -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express According to the Central Statistics Office, there were 24.95 crore households in India in 2011. If every household in the bottom 20 per cent is eligible for this income, this translates into a total expenditure of about Rs 3.6 lakh crore annually. When Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced that his party, if voted to power, would offer a minimum income of Rs 72,000 a year for the poorest 20...

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Will PM-Kisan transform India's agriculture support ecosystem? -Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com The farm Income Support Scheme was launched after NDA’s other flagship schemes failed to tackle rural distress The scheme promises to pay Rs. 6,000 every year to each of the 120 million farmer families in India NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the centre announced a scheme for farmers in the interim budget presented on 1 February, with just a few months to go for the...

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Will the PM Kisan Scheme Impress India's Farmers? -Varun Kumar Das

-TheWire.in The scheme is far from being inclusive and will likely exacerbate already unequal social and economic conditions. The focal point of this year’s budget has been the announcement of a new centrally-sponsored scheme, the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kishan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-KISAN). This scheme assures small and marginal farm households a guaranteed annual income support of Rs 6,000. However, this scheme is hardly the first instance of agricultural income support in the country. States...

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A drop in an ocean of debt: how farmers have benefited from Rythu Bandhu -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu The first transfer of money under the PM-KISAN scheme is scheduled for Sunday. Priscilla Jebaraj reports from villages in Warangal, Telangana on how farmers have benefited from Rythu Bandhu, the Income Support Scheme seen as the inspiration behind PM-KISAN Early one morning in the second week of February this year, A. Kumaraswamy, 30, set out from his home in Devanoor village in Telangana’s Warangal district and walked towards his cotton...

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