Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to increase assistance under PM-Kisan to Rs 10,000 from Rs 6,000 per year.
In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Naveen Patnaik also appealed for the inclusion of landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households under the Central sector Scheme PM-KISAN.
"These categories of agricultural workers are at the bottom of the agriculture economy pyramid and they deserve special care and attention. Rural prosperity and reduction in poverty cannot be achieved without an adequate focus on these weaker sections of the populace," the letter read.
He also cited his state's flagship KALIA scheme and wrote, "Under KALIA (Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation) scheme of State Government not only small and marginal farmers but landless labourers, sharecroppers and vulnerable agricultural households are also covered. Under KALIA scheme annual financial assistance of Rs. 10,00 is envisaged for every small and marginal farmer."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be formally launching the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme from Gorakhpur on Sunday.
Under the scheme, the central government will on the same day make the first installment of Rs 2,000 in the bank account of beneficiary farmers.
About one crore farmers are expected to receive the first installment on Sunday.