Hyderabad: Motivated by the Telangana government’s initiative to support farmers under the ‘Give it up’ scheme, many film personalities are coming forward and returning their Rythu Bandhu cheques to the government.
Under Rythu Bandhu scheme, the government gives Rs 4,000 assistance per acre per crop investment to farmers in the State to procure agriculture inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and other inputs. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on May 10 at Karimnagar, and so far the Agriculture Department distributed 90 per cent cheques to farmers.
The government started a parallel ‘Give it up’ scheme, under which farmers or land owners who do not need the investment assistance can return it to the government. From day one of the scheme’s launch many political leaders and government employees opted to ‘give it up’ and returned their cheques.
From the past one week famous film personalities such as Mahesh Babu, Tanikella Bharani, SP Balasubrahmanyam and Prakash Raj returned their Rythu Bandhu cheques to government.
On Saturday Mahesh Babu’s wife Namrata Shirodkar returned cheques belonging to their two acre land to Maheshwaram Agriculture Officer Kotireddy. “We don’t want to be part of Rythu Bandhu beneficiaries as the scheme is meant for small and marginal farmers,” Namrata said.
Similarly, producer Yalamanchili Ravishanker, who owns two acres at Nagaram village in Maheshwaram mandal, returned the cheques to officials. Ravishanker said the scheme was a unique one and very much helpful to farmers. He hailed the farmers insurances scheme and termed it as remarkable decision taken by the Chief Minister for the welfare of farmers.
Singer and Padma Sri awardee SP Balasubrahmanyam, who received a cheque for his 5.37 acres at Solipet village of Shabad mandal in Rangareddy district, opted to ‘give it up’ and returned Rs 23,700 to Revenue officials on Saturday. “It is great support to farmers as they can clear their debts with the investment assistance scheme,” Balasubrahmanyam said.
Earlier, actor Prakash Raj also returned his Rythu Bandhu cheque to the government.