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Dilip Kumar

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Centre today said that it has taken measures to resolve all payment related issues of farmers in Odisha and ensure disbursement of financial assistance to all eligible beneficiaries under PM Kisan Nidhi Yojana.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed this through his Twitter page while responding to Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan who had earlier requested him through a letter to resolve issues that led to reduction in the number of beneficiaries in Odisha.

"I received the letter from Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, in which he requested to take steps for early disbursement of money to the farmers in Odisha under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.

"I have directed concerned officials in this regard so that farmers in Odisha can avail the benefits under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi at the earliest," Tomar tweeted.

Pradhan had sought Tomar’s personal intervention in ‘facilitating additional bulk window clearances to the State government to enable them to expeditiously rectify the details of all beneficiaries whose records were put in 'Stop Payment mode'.

In his letter, Pradhan stated that Odisha government had issued ‘stop payment’ instructions for 14.5 lakh farmers for physical re-verification which led to a reduction in the number of beneficiaries in Odisha.

Moreover, the State government cited that factors like delay in lot opening, transaction failure, non-integration of banks with PFMS, rejection of beneficiaries over discrepancies in name and other details, changes in LGD codes have contributed much for the decrease in the disbursement of PM-Kisan installments to many eligible farmers in Odisha, Pradhan had stated in his communiqué.

On March 1, the Petroleum Minister had also urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to expedite procedural formalities to ensure PM-Kisan benefits to more eligible farmers in the State, who have been deprived of the central assistance in last ‘six installments’.

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