Hyderabad: Authorities stepped up distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques and pattadar passbooks to farmers across the State on Sunday with about 6.78 lakh beneficiaries being covered on a single day.
In the first three days of the unique programme, a total of 7.8 lakh Rythu Bandhu cheques and pattadar passbooks were distributed. On Sunday alone, 6.78 farmers in 4,559 villages in the State were handed over cheques and passbooks as part of the week-long drive taken up for distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques.
According to an official release, a total of 14.60 lakh cheques and an equal number of passbooks have been issued till date in the State. Nalgonda district accounted for the highest number of 88,889 passbooks while 88,091 passbooks were distributed in Nizamabad and 80,392 in Khammam.
Principal Secretary, Agriculture, C Parthasarathy, who reviewed the progress of Rythu Bandhu programme, said farmers, in case they fail to pick up their input assistance cheques at gram sabhas, can collect them at special counters opened at mandals within a month’s time. If they cannot collect the cheques even from the mandal counter, they can get them at the office of the Commissioner for Agriculture within three months.
The cheques would be revalidated even after three months for which they will be valid to be given to the farmers concerned. In the process of Land Records Updation programme, death of some farmers over a period of time came to the notice of the authorities. Cheques pertaining to such farmers would be handed over to their legal heirs by tahsildars concerned after complying with due process, he said.