Hyderabad: Telangana shared with Tamil Nadu the first rank in implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilizer supply and re-initiation of stocks in Point of Sale (PoS) machines.
After the Centre directed the authorities here to implement DBT programme in the entire State from January 1, agriculture officials conducted several rounds of meetings with fertilizer companies and successfully went live with the implementation of DBT in fertilizers with 6,830 retail dealers, said Agriculture Secretary Partha Sarathi to Telangana Today.
“We regularly held meetings with the fertilizer firms and district administrations in this regard and asked them to switch over to DBT model,” said the Secretary. He said dealers were selling subsidised fertilizers through PoS machines and instructions were also issued to all companies stating that cases would be registered against the dealers if they failed to do so.
The DBT system will have up-to-date information in the public domain about the availability of fertilizers at the retailer level (last point of sale to the farmers) and this would enhance transparency of fertilizers flow across the supply chain and would facilitate better delivery of fertilizers to farmers.
It is also helpful in transferring subsidy directly to the intended beneficiary based on Aadhaar. He said the buyers’ identity was verified through Aadhaar-based biometric authentication and their details would be captured in the PoS devices installed at retailer stores and the same was connected to the central server.
The Agriculture Secretary also requested District Collectors to set up district-level DBT Cell duly involving local NIC officers for taking up necessary steps time to time till the system was streamlined.
Congratulating the department officials and fertilizer firms for achieving top rank in implementing DBT in fertilizers supply, he said more 1,000 PoS machines were required and wanted them to procure them within a short time.