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Rythu bandhu scheme

Date: 31 December 2021 Tags: Agriculture

Issue

The total funds disbursed under Telangana government’s flagship scheme Rythu Bandhu will soon reach Rs 50,000 crore.

 

Background

The scheme involves providing financial assistance to farmers in form of direct benefit transfer.

 

Details

  • The government will directly transfer Rs 5000 per acre per season into bank accounts of land-owning farmers ahead of Rabi and Kharif seasons.

  • About 66.56 lakh farmers have been identified as beneficiaries of the scheme and they will receive the assistance regardless of the extent of land owned by them.

 

The scheme

  • The scheme is envisaged as an assistance scheme for farmers to take care of the initial investment needed and not fall into a debt trap.

  • This breaks the rural indebtedness cycle by increasing confidence in farmers, enhances productivity and income.

  • There is no ceiling on the area of land held and every farmer will receive the same amount per acre before the cropping season.

  • The financial grant will help them in covering input requirements such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and labour.

 

Cost of the scheme

The scheme has been running since the Kharif season of 2018. The government has been able to credit Rs 43,036.64 crore into the bank accounts of beneficiaries. 

 

The PM KISAN

  • The PM KISAN has been inspired by the Rythu Bandhu financial assistance scheme of Telangana and KALIA scheme of Odisha.

  • A land-holding family will receive Rs 6,000 per year in three installments as financial assistance through direct benefit transfer.

  • Earlier, there was a land ceiling for family to be eligible under the scheme. From the past few months, the scheme has been universalized to all farming families.

 

Criticism of Rythu Bandhu

  • The scheme is criticized for ignoring plight of landless or tenant farmers. The land owners get assistance whereas real workers do not receive any help.

  • The inclusion of landless farmers under the scheme is difficult because of informal nature of agreement between owners and tenants.

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