State Urban Development and Housing Minister, CP Singh, launched the Mukhya Mantri Krishi Aashirwad Yojana (MMKAY) at Utsav Garden in Garhwa on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that government has introduced MMKAY for the purpose of promoting agriculture. “Under this scheme, a farmer having land under 5 acres of area will be given Rs 5000 per acre each year. Now farmers will not have to take loans from moneylenders,” he said.
Singh advised the farmers to not rush for employment towards the cities, but instead take advantage of the schemes being provided by the government in the villages and put in efforts in farming.
He said that there is no alternative to hard work. “Today's young generation is losing time by playing cards under the tree all day which is not the right thing to do,” he said.
The Minister said that the previous government did not work and would only go to people to seek votes, but now work is being done by the BJP government.
Garhwa DC Harsh Mangla said that the first installment amount of MMKAY was sent to the account of 28,844 farmers of the district. “A total amount of Rs 11.11 crore has been paid to these farmers directly in bank account through direct benefit transfer (DBT),” he said.
Bhawnathpur MLA Bhanu Pratap Shahi also addressed the function. On the occasion, Minister CP Singh distributed certificates of Ashirvad scheme to 16 farmers in a symbolic manner.
The farmers present in the function were also shown live streaming of the programme of the Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, launching the scheme Statewide, which was held in Ranchi.