Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will kick-start the cheque distribution programme to provide agriculture capital support to farmers under the Rythu Bandhu scheme on May 10. Simultaneously, he will also launch distribution of new pattadar passbooks to 58 lakh farmers across the State. An action plan will be worked out in this regard at a District Collectors meeting to be held at Pragati Bhavan on April 21.
Along with the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs will launch the passbook and cheque distribution programme simultaneously in their respective districts and constituencies. Nearly 58 lakh pattadar passbooks and cheques will be distributed beginning May 10 through 2,761 special teams to be constituted by the government to cover 10,323 villages in the State. Every day, around 1,546 villages will be covered by the government teams to complete the job across the State within 10 days.
Reviewing the status of pattadar passbooks and cheque distribution at Pragati Bhavan at a marathon seven-hour meeting on Tuesday, the Chief Minister directed the officials to make elaborate arrangements to ensure that both passbooks and cheques reach farmers as per the prescribed schedule. He wanted the officials to coordinate with banks and ensure adequate flow of cash for the benefit of farmers. A cheque of Rs 4,000 per acre, per season will be presented to every eligible farmer in the State.
A State level team comprising Deputy Chief Minister (Revenue) Mohd Mahmood Ali, Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Revenue Principal Secretary Rajeshwar Tiwari, Agriculture Secretary C Parthasaradhi, Agriculture Commissioner Jaganmohan and Land Administration Director Vakati Karuna will tour at least four districts per day and ensure smooth conduct of the distribution programme. The district collectors will supervise the programme to help eligible farmers.
The Chief Minister suggested that the joint collectors and district agriculture officers are also invited for the collectors meeting on April 21. The agriculture and revenue officials will be apprised about the passbooks and cheque distribution programme during the conference. The district collectors will fix schedules for distribution of passbooks and cheques in each village and the dates will be announced through media and using conventional awareness programmes to reach out to the beneficiaries.
Uploading of data
“Each government team will distribute 300 passbooks and cheques every day and obtain signatures of farmers. In case the farmer is not available in his village on the said day, passbooks and cheques should be made available in the mandal office to enable him/her to collect the same within three months,” Chandrashekhar Rao said. He also wanted the officials to upload all digitised data compiled during land records purification on the website ‘Dharani’ for the benefit of farmers.
The Chief Minister asserted that the programme should be a grand success as it would benefit farmers on a large scale and end their agriculture capital woes. He wanted the officials to complete distribution of passbooks and cheques even before the commencement of the rainy season. He said the aim is to instill confidence among farmers and stop them from ending their lives. After completion of passbooks and cheque distribution programme, the government will commence the free eye testing camps programme.
Ministers T Harish Rao, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Tummala Nageshwara Rao, G Jagadish Reddy, MLAs Marri Janardhan Reddy, Ganesh Gupta, Principal Secretaries S Narsing Rao and Rajeshwar Tiwari, Agriculture Secretary C Parthasaradhi and other officials were present at the meeting.