Already, KCR’s brainchild initiative, ‘Rythu Bandhu Pathakam’, has become an instant hit among farmers of Telangana. While the scheme is primarily aimed at land-owning (not tenants) farmers, under the ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme, an Agricultural Investment Support Scheme, all the land-owning farmers get Rs 4000 per acre along with renewed passbook.
The government is providing 58.33 lakh farmers, Rs 4000 per acre per season to support the farm investment, twice a year, for rabi and kharif seasons. This is a first direct farmer investment support scheme in India, wherein the cash is paid directly.
Based on the measurement of land, the officials of Telangana state have already prepared cheques in the names of land-owning farmers.
But here is the twist in the tale. While most of the land-owning farmers have already availed the benefits, 5 lakh NRI farmers are said to be left out. Responding to this, CM KCR has stated that 5 Lakh NRI farmers will also be paid. He said the cheques issued in the names would soon be changed in the name of their family members here. KCR said that the whole idea of implementing Farmers’ Investment Support Scheme (FISS) is to support the farm investment, twice a year, for rabi and kharif seasons. He opined that the land-owning farmers from Telangana might be staying abroad, but said they are Telanganites and would pass on the benefit.
KCR said that the state government would start its next round of distribution of passbooks and cheques to farmers before June 2nd. He said many farmers are voluntarily returning cheques to state government and appreciated them for their noble act. KCR, however, directed the officials to deposit them in the bank account of Rythu Samanvaya Samithi. He said many donors have given lands to government and he asked officials to construct Rythu Vedika in the donated lands.
KCR has praised Agricultural Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and described him as “Lakshmi Putrudu”. “Ever since he took over as Agricultural Minister, state government is taking several welfare schemes of farmers. Agriculture in Telangana is progressing,” said KCR who added that the farmers of Telangana would soon become richest in the country.