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PM-Kisan Pension: Farmers' contribution to be `100/month

PM-Kisan Pension: Farmers contribution to be `100/month

New Delhi: Farmers will have to contribute Rs 100 per month under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Pension Yojana that seeks to provide minimum fixed monthly pension of Rs 3,000 on attainment of 60 years, according to the government.

The central government will also contribute an equal amount to the pension fund to be managed by the LIC, which will be responsible for the pension payout, it said.

The Modi 2.0 government in its first cabinet meeting had approved a separate pension scheme for farmers with an aim to cover 5 crore beneficiaries in the first three years, which would cost the exchequer Rs 10,774.5 crore per annum.

Discussing the new scheme with state agriculture ministers through a video conference, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged all states and union territories to roll out the programme at the earliest. Tomar urged the states to start enrolling farmers in the age group of 18-40 years besides taking measures to create awareness about the scheme, an official statement said. The minister said, "The beneficiary would be required to contribute Rs 100 per month at median entry age of 29 years." The central government will also contribute an equal amount to the pension fund to be managed by the LIC, which will be responsible for the pension payout.

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