AI Chatbot for PM-KISAN Scheme
Governance- For Prelims: Chatbot, Artificial Intelligence (AI), PM-Kisan and Mains Exam
The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN scheme) just received an AI chatbot, the first of its type to be linked with a significant central government flagship programme, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
The chatbot will respond to the farmers’ questions in a “prompt, clear, and accurate” manner.
- With the assistance of Bhashini and the EkStep foundation, it has been created and refined.
- The AI Chatbot will help farmers in the first stage of development when they are looking for information about their application status, payment information, eligibility status, etc.
- The AI Chatbot is connected with Bhashini, which provides multilingual support, to accommodate the language and geographic variety of the PM-KISAN beneficiaries, and is available through the PM-KISAN mobile application.
- The use of cutting-edge technology will improve transparency while also enabling farmers to make wise judgements.
What is an AI Chatbot?
- Artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots, often known as chatterbots, are a type of technology utilised in messaging apps. Customers can benefit from this tool’s added ease since it uses automated programmes that communicate with users in a human-like manner at minimal or no expense.
- The usage of chatbots by businesses on Facebook Messenger or as virtual assistants, like ChatGPT and Alexa from Amazon, are prime examples. Chatbots typically function in one of two ways: either by machine learning or with predetermined rules.
- Chatbots that follow predefined rules are, however, becoming a thing of the past as a result of improvements in AI technology.
PM KISAN Scheme
It was introduced on February 24th, 2019 to help landholding farmers with their financial demands.
- Through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system, an annual financial benefit of Rs 6000 is distributed to farming households all throughout the nation in three equal installments every four months.
The program’s original target group was Small and Marginal Farmers (SMFs) with holdings of up to 2 hectares, but it has now been expanded to include all farmers with landholdings.
It is a Central Sector Scheme that receives 100% of its financing from the Indian government.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is in charge of carrying it out.
- to provide additional funding to help small and marginal farmers buy various inputs necessary for healthy crops and yields that are acceptable for the expected farm revenue at the conclusion of each crop cycle.
- To keep them from being trapped in the clutches of moneylenders while paying for these fees and to guarantee their continued participation in farming operations.
PM-KISAN Mobile App
- The National Informatics Centre and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology worked together to develop and create it.
- According to the guidelines outlined in the system, a required physical verification of 5% of beneficiaries is carried out annually
Higher economic status recipients in the following categories are unable to receive benefits under the programme:
- bearers of constitutional positions both past and present.
- Former and current members of the LokSabha, RajyaSabha, state legislatures, state legislature councils, mayors of municipal corporations, and chairs of district panchayats. Former and current ministers and state ministers.
- All officers and employees of Central/State Government Ministries/Offices/Departments and its field units, as well as regular employees of Local Bodies (with the exception of Multi Tasking Staff/Class IV/Group D employees), whether they are currently employed or have retired from their positions.
- All superannuated/retired pensioners of the aforementioned type (apart from Multi Tasking Staff, Class IV, and Group D personnel) whose monthly pension is at least Rs. 10,000
- Anyone who paid income tax during the most recent assessment year.
- professionals who have registered with professional organisations and are actively practising their professions, such as doctors, engineers, lawyers, Chartered Accountants, and architects.
Source- Indian Express