Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed more than nine crore farmers from six states and accepted questions from some of them via video conferencing on Friday. He also released ₹18,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme.

Amid the ongoing farmer protests, PM Modi blamed the opposition for spreading rumours about the newly-enacted farm laws. He claimed that the funds have been directly deposited in the accounts of farmers.

While interacting with a farmer from Odisha, PM Modi said, “I urge you to tell farmers about the Kisan Credit Card and its various benefits, which include the availability of loans at low-interest rates.”

The Odisha farmer shared his experience with the PM, saying: “I received my Kisan Credit Card in 2019. I took an amount of ₹27,000 on loan from the bank on a mere 4% interest as compared to 20% from intermediaries.”

“So far, I’ve received ₹10,000 under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Under the new farm laws, we can now sell the farm produce to any private business/organisation. This year, I sold 85 quintal soybean to ITC,” Manoj Patidar, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh, joined in as saying.

A farmer from Haryana said, “Earlier, I used to do rice farming but I am also interested in gardening. I have planted lemons in 3 acres and guavas in 7 acres of land. We sell them in local mandis and get a good amount for it.”

PM Modi also criticised the West Bengal government for keeping the state farmers deprived of the benefits of the Centre’s schemes. “Bengal is the only state, which is not allowing benefits of the schemes to reach the farmers,” he said.