Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 15 launched the Rs. 24,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PM PVTG) Mission for the holistic development of around 28 lakh PVTGs in the country.
While announcing the mission from Birsa College ground in Jharkhand’s Khunti district, PM Modi also released Rs. 18,000 crore as the 15th installment of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme to more than eight crore beneficiary farmers across the country.
Launched on the occasion of the third Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas, the PM PVTG mission will provide basic facilities such as road and telecom connectivity, electricity, safe housing, clean drinking water and sanitation, improved access to education, health and nutrition and sustainable livelihood opportunities to PVTG habitations, which are mostly remote, scattered and inaccessible.
The PM-KISAN scheme is one of the world’s largest Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes, which aims to support farmers in meeting their agricultural and other incidental needs. Under the scheme, a financial assistance of Rs. 6,000 per year is transferred into the bank accounts of beneficiary farmers through DBT in three equal installments. The Prime Minister transferred the amount digitally by clicking a button.