Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed the Bengal government for not giving benefits to the farmers under the PM-Kisan scheme in which Rs 6,000 is directly transferred to farmers’ bank accounts every year in three tranches.

Criticising the Trinamool Congress, Modi said, “Some farmers have already written to the state government. But the government is not paying any heed. It is also not considering the online applications made by individual farmers.”

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The TMC has come in the way of the central payout to small and marginal farmers even though the entire cost is borne by the Centre. The same party is also in dialogue with its political rivals in Delhi,” he added.

Addressing the farmers, Modi said the government was ready to talk to the farm unions on all issues but political interests were taking the stir in a different direction.

While putting up a strong defence of the three new farm laws, Modi said the Centre is willing to resume the dialogue on all farmers-related issues, even with those staunchly opposed to his government as long as the talks are based on issues, facts and logic.

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His address followed the release of over Rs 18,000 crore to more than nine crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.

Modi released the installment of Rs 2,000 to every farmer on the birth anniversary of the former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee celebrated as "Good Governance Day" by the ruling party.