Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday described implementation of Rythu Bandhu scheme as one of the most significant decisions taken by the State government.
He also said the government would launch a Rs 5 lakh life insurance scheme for farmers on August 15.
In his State Formation Day celebrations address at the Parade Grounds here, Rao, explaining the measures taken by the government for strengthening agriculture, said the Rythu Bandhu scheme would end the woes of farmers who struggled to obtain crop loans from banks and had to rely on private moneylenders. He said the scheme received a huge response not only in the State but also from those living abroad.
“Some rich farmers who can afford to invest are returning their Rythu Bandhu cheques to the government so that the amount can be used for farmers’ welfare. While some philanthropists are coming forward to contribute their might to the scheme, political parties from other States are replicating it indicating its success,” he said. He predicted that agriculture would turn into a profitable profession following the State government’s efforts.
The Chief Minister said the farmers’ insurance scheme would be implemented in association with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). He pointed out that there were around 18 lakh farmers with less than one acre land. In case of their untimely death, their families are being pushed into both emotional and financial turmoil. “This Rs 5 lakh insurance cover will secure their future,” he added.
Rao said the much-awaited ‘Dharani’ website for land records was being updated with complete details about the lands available in the State and would be launched by June 20. He said the website would be operated in the core banking system enabling updation of land records, including sale or purchase, on a regular basis.
“We took up a gigantic task of purifying land records and identified about 1.4 crore acres of 2.18 crore acres available in the State as agricultural land. To ensure that there is no delay or error in updation of land records, a new land registration system will be introduced shortly where land registration can be taken up in 141 sub-registrar offices as well as tahsildar offices,” he said. He stated that Mission Kakatiya was aimed at rejuvenating and restoring about 46,500 tanks and other water bodies in the State.