Nalgonda: The district Collector, Gaurav Uppal, on Tuesday informed that distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques and Pattadar passbooks to farmers had touched the 40 per cent mark in the district.
Participating in a Rythu Bandhu cheques distribution programme at Shaligowraram in the district, Gaurav Uppal reminded that Nalgonda district, which had highest number of khattas in the State, stood in first place in distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques and Pattadar passbooks to the district.
Out of 4,44,708 cheques required to be distributed, 40 per cent of the total cheques have been presented to the farmers till day. In all, Rs 464 crore would be extended to the farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme in the district, he maintained.
He informed that arrangements were made at 64 branches of six banks for encashment of the cheques by the farmers.
He also asked the farmers to approach ‘grievance counters’ at the cheques distribution points, if any difference between the acreage and amount of the
cheque. He also told that new cheques would be issued to the farmers the cheques with mistakes were returned to them.
Stating that paddy procured from the farmers in the district at the record level, the district Collector has also informed that four lakh metric tonnes of paddy was purchased from the farmers in this yasangi season as against 3.25 lakh metric tons in the last year. Out of Rs 617 crore, Rs 370 crore have been deposited in the accounts of the farmers for paddy procurement, he added.
Thungathuthy MLA Gadari Kishore informed that tenders were called for modernisation of Shaligowraram reservoir and repairing of its canals with estimated cost of Rs 6.6 crore. In addition to this, proposals were sent to the State government for repairing of Asif Sagar canals and feeder channels, he added.
Earlier, the district Collector also visited Grammena Vikas Bank at Thipparthy and inquired the farmers about the facilities provided in the bank for encashment of Rythu Bandhu cheques.