West Bengal Current Affairs - 2019

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Delhi Govt agrees to implement Central scheme PM-KISAN

Ahead of scheduled assembly elections, Delhi Government has agreed to implement ambitious Central scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) that promises small and marginal eligible farmers an income support of Rs.6,000 a year in three instalments.

Earlier, West Bengal and Delhi Governments had refused to implement the scheme in respective state/UT but even though West Bengal has stood firm on its decision, the Delhi Government has now sent names of 11,000 farmers for availing the benefits under PM-KISAN.

About Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN)

It is a Central Sector scheme (CSS) with 100% funding from Central government. Under the scheme, the Centre is crediting an income support of Rs.6,000 per year in three equal instalments directly into the bank accounts of farmers.

It was launched in February 2019 just before the Lok Sabha polls.

Beneficiary: Small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of upto 2 hectares. The definition of family for scheme is husband, wife and minor children.

The farmer families which are eligible for support as per PM-KISAN guidelines will be identified by State Government and UT Administration.

The fund will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of beneficiaries.

Key Changes in Scheme

Until September 2019, farmers could not get benefits of PM-KISAN scheme without involvement of state government, but on 26 September 2019, Union Ministry of Agriculture launched a direct enrolment feature in PM-KISAN under which farmers could now register directly on PM-KISAN portal with a self-declaration of land holding. This made nearly 7 crore farmers of West Bengal to be able to directly enrol for scheme bypassing the state government, which is not keen to pursue the scheme. However, the state government will have to verify Aadhaar seeding and other eligibility of farmers before payment is transferred.

Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2019

On the occasion of Durga Puja, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee presented Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman 2019 to 79 community Durga Pujas that received awards in different categories.

The Durga Puja festival helps in community development, building relations among people to people besides generating income. From past your years the state government of West Bengal is organizing Durga Puja Carnival that has created a good impact among people. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has also agreed to recognize Durga Puja as World Cultural Heritage.

About Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman (BBSS)

On the occasion of Durga Puja, West Bengal Government has come up with a unique initiative called ‘Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman’. The initiative was started in 2013 and is in its 7th year.

Objective: To recognise and appreciate the brilliance and innovation in organising Durga Puja.

Organised by: Information and Cultural Affairs Department of Government of West Bengal.

It is a unique event which annually attracts local, national and international participation in an immensely healthy competition for excellence.

This initiative involves Baroari (or Community) pujas from Kolkata, districts of West Bengal, other Indian states as well as from foreign countries to participate and get honoured for their innovative ideas about idols, ambience, pandals, environment and artistry.

Award Zone Categories:

  • Kolkata
  • Rest of West Bengal
  • Rest of India
  • Rest of World