Introduction about Rythu Bandhu scheme:
Telangana is the South Indian state that came into existence recently after being separated from Andhra Pradesh. This region in India has been the rich source of food grains sformany years. The attempts were necessary to bring more area under irrigation. The government is taking measures to facilitate irrigation water to most of the agricultural land.
Agriculture is the major occupation of people of Telangana. Therefore economical upliftment of the farmer community has been the priority of the state government. The Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao announced Rythu Bandhu Scheme that intends to offer subsidized financial aid to the farmers across the state exactly when nit is required the most.
Rythu Bandhu Scheme Launching Details:
The Rythu Bandhu Scheme was announced by the Honorable Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao during the Farmers’ Coordination Committee Conference that is known as Rythu Samanvaya Samithi; held at Jayshankar Agricultural University in February 2018. Dharmarajpalli village in Karimnagar district was the place where the revolutionary scheme was launched on 10th May, 2018 after allocation of Rs. 12,000 crores in the state budget subsequent to the announcement.
Rythu Bandhu Scheme Objectives:
The scheme avails financial aid to the farmers depending upon the land they hold at both the sowing seasons Kharif & Rabbi. Thus the major objective of the scheme is to reduce or nullify the dependency of the farmers for the initial investment for the sowing season on the private money launderers. Thus, as the farmers would receive the help directly into their bank accounts at reasonable interest rates, the possibility of financial crunches due to bankruptcy in case of natural disasters such as draughts or floods would be brought to minimum. These are the major causes of the farmers’ suicides in last few years. Thus the government intends to ensure better crops due to timely sowing and financial prosperity for the farmers.
- Financial aid of Rs. 8,000 per acre of land is availed for the farmers and the agricultural workers in two installments. Rs. 4000 per acre is released at the beginning of Rabbi while the remaining installment of Rs. 4000 is released at the beginning of Kharif.
- The farmers would receive the financial aid through this scheme at the right time; when they would require money for procurement of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides to protect the crops.
Eligibility criteria for the Rythu Bandhu Scheme:
The farmers with their own land and the agricultural workers that would be in contract with the landlords would be the important targeted classes for the Rythu Bandhu Scheme. Importantly the government doesn’t discriminate in the farmers based on their caste and religion.
In fact the scheme is open for all classes of the society including the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), General, Minorities and even the Pattadars registered with the forest department as well. Thus the aid for both the sowing seasons is offered to the entire farmer community in the state. Most of the farmers don’t exceed the land holding of 10 acres. Thus the scheme targets the lower to middle range landowners in the state of Telangana.
Implementation and apply of Rythu Bandhu Scheme:
- The financial aid to the small to marginal farmers would be distributed to the eligible farmers that submit their applications within the period of acceptance through bank bearer cheques.
- The distribution of the cheques on the village level is supervised by the Agricultural Extension Officers (AEO). The government officials are allotted with tablet computers for entries of the cheques and easy monitoring.
- A movement for purification of the land records has been already carried out in the state.
- The state government has released a Pattadar Passport with seventeen different security features and the land website Telangana Dharani Website for transparent records of the land holdings across the state.
These technology-driven centralized solutions coupled with the dashboard software developed by the NIC are in action to monitor the scheme remotely.