By Shreya Deb
Budget FY22 announced an allocation of Rs 65,000 crore to the PM-Kisan scheme, accounting for almost half of the total agriculture budget. Since 2019, the PM-Kisan has been the largest component of the agriculture budget each year, and is targeted at farmers who own cultivable land as per land records of the state. Unfortunately, this leaves out vulnerable sections such as tenant farmers, women farmers, tribal families and landless labourers, who probably need the income support the most. The exclusion is the result of the gigantic challenge of first identifying these people, since our existing systems do not formally recognise them as farmers.
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