on Tuesday said lakhs of
in the country have not been brought under the
During the zero hour in
, Shanmugam urged central government to extend the benefit of the scheme to tenant farmers.
The farming community in delta districts of Tamil Nadu have been demanding that the government include all the tenant farmers under PM-Kisan scheme since the cash benefit scheme was launched.
During his speech in the Rajya Sabha, the MP said the cash benefits to the tenant farmers and lease-holder farmers with less than five acres of land are excluded from this scheme.
There are many states which have registered tenant farmers who are given benefits such as loan eligibility cards in permitted cultivation of land, provision to claim damages to crops, social security and others, he stated.
In the Tamil Nadu Cauvery delta region, where most tenant farmers grow paddy, it is a very risky cultivation, he said adding that all farmers should enjoy the benefit of the scheme as a social security measure.