Hyderabad: Agriculture Department is in the process of developing an App that would help both government and bankers in identifying farmers for cheque distribution under Rythu Bandhu scheme.
Under the scheme, the government will extend investment assistance support of Rs 4,000 per acre per crop to all farmers in the State. The scheme will be launched during the third week of April.
Revenue, Agriculture, and Finance Department, and National Informatics Centre have put in a lot of effort in the past five to six months beginning from the land purification drive to printing of Rythu Bandhu cheques.
Agriculture Principal Secretary C Parthasarathi told Telangana Today that the development of the App was almost complete and it would be made available to select department officials and bankers within two-three days. National Informatics Centre was developing the App based on the requirements of both the Agriculture department and the bankers.
The App contains entire information of farmers such as Khaatha numbers, extent of land holdings, cultivation details, farmers’ names, bank account details, Aadhaar card numbers, among others.
The App will be made available to bankers to access the data collected and to be scrutinised by the Agriculture and Revenue officials. Bankers particularly will have to check details of farmers when they approach the banks to encash the Rythu Bandhu cheques.
“The government will be issuing pay order cheques to farmers, which means they can encash the amount at any bank. The App will help the farmers too since their details can be verified instantly,” Parthasarathi said, adding that bankers could also see details pertaining to the quantum of assistance each farmer was entitled to based on his land holding.
The bankers had requested the NIC to make it more user friendly so that anyone from the bank with minimum computer knowledge could easily access the data while clearing the cheques, he said. Similarly, the Agriculture Department officials could also access data on progress of the scheme through the App.