Hyderabad: To ensure smooth transfer of input assistance to farmers, the State government has planned to run the scheme on pilot basis in 2 or 3 villages.
The Chief Minister wanted to implement a novel scheme in the State, calling it ‘input assistance scheme’ for farmers in the State, beginning the coming kharif season. Under this, the State government plans to give financial assistance of Rs 4,000 each for Yasangi and kharif crops per acre, enabling the farmers purchase farm inputs without depending on moneylenders. The scheme will also cover the horticulture crops.
The onerous task on hand for the government is evolving a flawless system to pass on the assistance to farmers. After exploring various options the government is still not happy with the suggestions made by the finance and agriculture departments and wanted to go live by selecting 2-3 villages under pilot basis.
While launching every major scheme, the State government had gone for implementation of the scheme on trial basis at select places. The division of crop colonies was experimented first in Ibrahimpatnam in Ranga Reddy district. The land purification exercise was tried out successfully first at Mulkalakalva in Nalgonda district, while Ibrahimpur in Siddipet was the first village to go cashless in the State on pilot basis.
Devunipalli, Lingampalli and Mallaram in Nizamabad were made the open defecation free (ODF) villages on experimental basis and LED lights distribution was first taken up in 25 villages before the scheme was implemented Statewide.
The State government has been in the practice of putting project reports in respect of all major initiatives on a small scale before implementing them on a large scale.
As far as the implementation of the prestigious ‘input assistance programme for farm sector’ was concerned, the State government wanted to adopt similar method for its successful run, said a higher official in agriculture department. According to sources, the villages will be shortlisted in a week and most likely the villages will be drawn from Medak, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda and Nizamabad districts.
Implementation is key
There is no doubt about the implementation of the scheme but the main contention is the method of transfer of money to the farmers, said Agriculture Secretary C Parthasarathi. He also mentioned that still discussions were on over the method of implementation.
The scheme involves huge money transfer, which would range, as per the primary estimations, from Rs 8,000-Rs 12,000 crore per year. Moreover the scheme is a continuous programme hence transparency is to be ensured by all means. The government was making arrangements in such a way that the whole exercise of the pilot project would be completed within a month so as to prepare further modalities for the programme.
The department was asked to mainly concentrate on payment methods such as online transfer to their accounts, issue of special ATM cards, Rupay cards, DDs or cheques in the name of farmers during the pilot project besides analyzing farmers’ mood before launching the scheme.