Trou­bled course

Rythu Bandhu has been im­ple­mented at a break­neck speed in Te­lan­gana but there have been multiple over­sights dur­ing the short course of the scheme

Down to Earth - - AGRICULTURE -

The scheme was to be launched in May 2018 at an es­ti­mated cost of R8,000 crore for 2018-19. The ob­jec­tive was to re­duce farm­ers' de­pen­dence on bank loans and on money­len­ders, and, thereby, re­duce their debt bur­den over the years The drive was un­der­taken in a great rush. Over 20 mil­lion records were digi­tised in just six months, and there were a lot of er­rors. And these were only land own­er­ship records, not of ten­ants. A de­tailed sur­vey should have been con­ducted to gauge the num­ber

of ten­ant farm­ers and acreage under ten­ancy A sum of R12,000 crore al­lo­cated for 2018-19, which was 50 per cent more than the ini­tial es­ti­mate. Under the scheme, R4,000 per acre is given to landown­ers dur­ing kharif and rabi sea­sons. The land cul­ti­vated in rabi is 70 per cent less than that in kharif, but land own­ers would still re­ceive the same ben­e­fit Ten­ant farm­ers across the state protest their ex­clu­sion from the scheme. Hear­ing a pri­vate pe­ti­tion on June 29, the Hy­der­abad High Court asks the state gov­ern­ment to give rea­son, in three weeks, for the ex­clu­sion of ten­ant farm­ers.

The re­sponse was not sent till this mag­a­zine went to press How much of this money ac­tu­ally made it to cul­ti­va­tors is ques­tion­able. Ex­perts es­ti­mate that the fig­ure could be as low as 10 per cent. Farm­ers say their de­pen­dence on banks or money­len­ders has not re­duced

Chief Min­is­ter K Chan­drashekar Rao an­nounces an in­vest­ment sup­port scheme for farm­ers on April 21, 2017 De­tails of the scheme an­nounced on March 15, 2018, in the state bud­get In May-June, 2018 about 5 mil­lion cheques dis­trib­uted under the scheme amount­ing to R5,700 crore A drive to digi­tise ex­ist­ing land records un­der­taken by the gov­ern­ment be­tween Septem­ber 2017 and March 2018 Rythu Bandhu launched on May 10, 2018. Dis­tri­bu­tion of patta pass­books—the sole ba­sis of el­i­gi­bil­ity, for ben­e­fi­cia­ries— starts

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