‘Most farmers oppose cash transfer of fertiliser subsidy’
New Delhi: Nearly 64% of farmers are against introduction of direct cash transfer (DCT) of fertiliser subsidy, a survey conducted for Niti Aayog has found, posing an obstacle for the government’s reform move in the sector.
The latest survey conducted by MicroSave Consulting across 54 districts in 18 states has found that although 95.5% of the farmers surveyed had individual bank accounts, “63.6% of farmers said they would not prefer DCT in fertiliser subsidy” and would like to buy them at a subsidised price.
Under the DCT scheme, the farmers need to pay the market price (decontrolled market) to buy fertiliser and then receive cash in their bank accounts instead of the subsidy, which is similar to the DCT for subsidised LPG cylinders. Farmers have cited how either they did not receive their subsidy for LPG or it was delayed. “Due to this experience, farmers believed that they would face similar issues in DCT in fertiliser,” the report said.
According to the report, farmers said their financial burden would increase if they had to buy fertiliser at the market price because they would have to borrow to make the full payment. Fertiliser ministry officials said findings of the study is the biggest jinx that they have been trying to fix. “The biggest challenge is how to identify the beneficiary (tiller or the the land-owner), how much should be the subsidy amount. Ideally, the subsidy should be credited in a week,” said an official. New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld death sentence for a ‘tantrik’ (occultist) couple for killing a two-year-old boy as human sacrifice, allegedly to ‘propitiate the God’ in Durg district of Chhattisgarh.
Terming the gruesome beheading of the boy in 2010 as a ‘rarest of rare’ case deserving death penalty, a bench of Justices R F Nariman, R Subhash Reddy and Surya Kant upheld the order of the trial court and the high court.
“In this case, it is clear from the evidence on record that the main accused, namely, Ishwari Lal Yadav and Kiran Bai have committed the murder of two-year old child Chirag as a sacrifice to the God. It is to be noticed, they were having three minor children at that time. The head of the helpless child was severed, his tongue and cheeks were also cut. The accused didn’t possess basic humanness and lacked the psyche or mindset which can be amenable for any reformation,” the bench said . The court turned down their plea for leniency and commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment.
In this case, the boy went missing while playing outside his house. The family members got suspicious about their neighbour as they found freshly dug earth in the premises. Immediately, people who gathered started digging the place where Chirag’s body was found.