Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched PM Kisan mobile app with face authentication feature

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Agriculture-Minister-Narendra-Singh-Tomar-launched-PM-Kisan-mobile-appOn 22 June 2023, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the PM Kisan mobile app with a face authentication feature for e-KYC.

An Overview of the News

  • The app allows remote farmers to complete the KYC process by scanning their face, without the need for OTP or fingerprint verification.

  • The scheme is comprehensive and ambitious and the central government in collaboration with the states can provide installments to around 8.5 crore farmers after completing their KYC.

  • PM Kisan Yojana is one of the largest DBT schemes in the world, which provides direct transfer of six thousand rupees per year to farmers in three installments.

  • So far, more than 11 crore farmers have received a total transfer of Rs 2.42 lakh crore through PM Kisan Yojana.

PM Kisan Scheme:

  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM KISAN) is an initiative of the Government of India.

  • The objective of this scheme is to provide minimum income support to the farmers.

  • Farmers can receive up to ₹6,000 (US$75) per year through this program.

  • The announcement about PM KISAN was made on 1 February 2019 by Piyush Goyal during the Interim Union Budget 2019 of India.

  • The primary objective of PM KISAN is to reduce the financial burden faced by the farmers and support their livelihood.

What is e-KYC?

  • It is the digital verification of the identity of individuals or entities.

  • It uses the internet or digital platform for identity verification.

  • Verification of ID and address proof documents is done using special systems.

  • The information provided is cross-checked with government databases such as the passport database.

  • E-KYC simplifies the verification process, thereby saving time and cost.

  • This improves accuracy and reliability, reducing the risk of fraud and money laundering.

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