Telangana rolls out Rythu Bandhu scheme; farmers get ₹4000/acre for kharif season

Telangana rolls out Rythu Bandhu

CM demands NREGA cover for farm labour
About 58 lakh farmers in Telangana will get a financial assistance of 4,000 each for every acre of land they own under a programme launched by the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao. The State government has allocated 12,000 crore for the scheme in the Budget for 2018-19. The farmers will get 4,000 each an acre in the kharif and in the rabi cropping season to support their credit need..

Addressing a gathering at the formal launch, Rao demanded that agriculture should brought under the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) to share the farmers wage burden for farm labour. The State has cleaned up the land records recently to identify the right owners and is in the process of distributing pattadar pass books for farmers. The passbookscome with several security measures. These include anti-copying feature, a QR code that helps in ascertaining the profile and transactions held and a barcode with a unique transaction ID.

Tenant farmers excluded
However, farmers’ unions are demanding the inclusion of over 11 lakh tenant farmers in the scheme and issue of Loan Eligibility Cards. “It should cover all actual cultivators, and the two lakh acres farmed by adivasis on podu lands and farmers with sada bainama (land titles on plain papers),” said Kiran Kumar Vissa of Rythu Swarajya Vedika.

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