Hyderabad: In bold move to reach out to the traditional forest dwellers with agriculture as their main occupation, K Chandrashekar Rao has announced extension of ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme to farmers holding pattas under the RoFR Act on Saturday and accordingly, the Agriculture Department has issued a Government Order in this regard.
Based on the guidelines given by the Chief Minister, officials of the Agriculture and Revenue departments already had a meeting to discuss and decide on payment of Rs 4,000 per acre, per crop to the RoFR title holders. Since they have been given titles on par with the ‘D’ form patta certificates, they are considered eligible for payment of assistance under the programme.
The State has 93,494 individual farmers with land holdings under the ROFR. Total extent in their enjoyment as per the provisions of the ROFR act is 3,00,092 acres.
Agriculture Principal Secretary C Parthasarathi said in the GO that the spirit of the Rythu Bandhu scheme is to address the vulnerability of the farmers and it will be extend to the ROFR title holders. He directed district Collectors concerned to identify the beneficiaries in consultation with the Tribal Welfare and Forest departments.