In a groundbreaking move, the Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, has introduced an AI Chatbot for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme. This innovative initiative, launched by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Kailash Choudhary, represents a significant leap towards enhancing the efficiency and reach of this flagship scheme.
The AI Chatbot promises to provide farmers with prompt, clear, and accurate responses to their queries, ultimately easing the burden on agriculture officials and empowering farmers across the nation.
The Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, has introduced an AI Chatbot for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme, marking a significant stride in enhancing the scheme’s efficiency and reach. Launched by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Kailash Choudhary, this Chatbot provides farmers with prompt, accurate responses to scheme-related queries. It represents the government’s commitment to using technology for the welfare of farmers and offers a user-friendly platform available in multiple languages. In addition to supporting PM-KISAN, the Chatbot will be extended to other key ministry schemes. The PM-KISAN Scheme itself has disbursed over Rs. 2.61 Lakhs Crores to more than 11 Crore farmers and played a pivotal role in providing income support during the Covid Pandemic. This innovative solution promises to revolutionize the support system for India’s agricultural community.
The AI Chatbot for PM-KISAN is a revolutionary addition to the landscape of agricultural support in India.
Here’s a list of its key features and benefits:
- Prime Minister’s Vision: The introduction of the AI Chatbot aligns perfectly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to leverage technology for the betterment of farmers and governance.
- Comprehensive Guidance: The AI Chatbot acts as a comprehensive guide for beneficiaries, offering timely and accurate responses to queries related to the PM-KISAN Scheme.
- User-Friendly Platform: Designed to be user-friendly and accessible, this Chatbot enhances transparency and empowers farmers to make informed decisions.
- Multilingual Support: With integration with Bhashini, the Chatbot caters to the linguistic and regional diversity of PM-KISAN beneficiaries, currently available in English, Hindi, Bengali, Odia, and Tamil, soon to be expanded to all 22 languages of India.
- Integration with PM KISAN Mobile App: The Chatbot seamlessly integrates with the PM KISAN mobile app, ensuring easy access for farmers.
- Wide Range of Queries: In its initial phase, the AI Chatbot assists farmers with information related to application status, payment details, ineligibility status, and scheme-related updates.
- Support from EKstep Foundation and Bhashini: The development and improvement of the Chatbot have been made possible with the support of EKstep Foundation and Bhashini.
- Extension to Other Schemes
The success of the AI Chatbot for PM-KISAN sets the stage for its implementation in other major schemes of the Ministry in the coming months.
- Government’s Commitment: The launch of this AI Chatbot reaffirms the government’s unwavering commitment to leveraging technological advancements for the welfare of farmers.
- PM-KISAN Scheme offers an annual financial benefit of Rs 6,000/- in three equal installments to eligible farmers’ families through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
- Over Rs. 2.61 Lakhs Crores disbursed to more than 11 Crore farmers, making it one of the largest DBT schemes globally.
- PM-KISAN ensures timely financial assistance to millions of farmers, including women beneficiaries, contributing to their socio-economic well-being.
- During the Covid Pandemic, more than Rs. 1.75 lakh Crore was transferred to the beneficiaries, providing essential relief.
- The government has developed a mobile app with face authentication-based e-KYC, making it easy for farmers to complete :e-KYC from home.
- This mobile app is the first to use face authentication-based e-KYC in any government benefit scheme.
- Farmers can also assist neighboring farmers with their e-KYC through this app.
- State Government officials can also complete e-KYC for 500 farmers, extending the reach of this technology.
The launch of the AI Chatbot for the PM-KISAN Scheme represents a watershed moment in India’s agricultural landscape. It underlines the government’s commitment to farmers’ welfare by harnessing technology to provide prompt, accurate, and accessible support. With its multilingual capabilities and user-friendly interface, the Chatbot is poised to empower millions of farmers across the nation, enhancing transparency and facilitating informed decisions. Moreover, its success paves the way for similar technological innovations in other crucial ministry schemes. As we look ahead, this integration of AI technology into agriculture holds great promise for further streamlining processes, expanding reach, and ultimately improving the lives of India’s farming community.