PM-Kisan: According to a senior official of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, the government has started creating a unique 12-digit ID for farmers, which can be used to avail all agriculture related services under various schemes. can go. Vivek Agarwal, Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, told The Indian Express that a unique ID for a farmer is part of the government’s initiative to create a database by collecting and linking data from various schemes like PM-KISAN.
Agarwal said the intention is to create a unified farmer service interface. This unique ID will enable them to avail various government schemes and loan facilities, and help the central and state governments to plan procurement operations better. “We have started creating unique farmer IDs internally and once we are ready with the database of 8 crore farmers, we will launch it,” the official said.
He said that so far, the database has been prepared for 11 states including Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. Rest of the states including Telangana, Kerala and Punjab will be covered in the coming months. For this, Agarwal said, a database is being created from existing schemes like PM-Kisan, Soil Health Card and PM Fasal Bima Yojana. “All farmer data in the central schemes will be linked to the land record details available with the state governments.
He said plans to issue such IDs to farmers and create a database were discussed during the chief ministers’ conference earlier this month. On September 6, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that his ministry has created a database of 5.5 crore farmers and it will be increased to 8 crore by this December. Notably, recently, as part of its digital mission, the Ministry of Agriculture has signed MoUs with several companies. Prominent among which are CISCO, Ninjacart, Jio Platforms, ITC.