Government in the have issued orders sanctioning implementation of Investment Support Scheme (“Rythu Bandhu”) in Telangana State from Kharif-2018.
In the above orders, it is also emphasized that Agriculture in Telangana is characterized by stagnation, low productivity, frequent occurrence of droughts and low levels of public and private investments. Therefore Investment is the surest way to enhance agricultural productivity and also incomes of the farmers, besides breaking the vicious cycle of rural indebtedness. In order to ensure that the farmers do not fall again in to the debt trap, a new scheme called “Agriculture Investment Support Scheme” (“Rythu Bandhu”) is proposed to be implemented from the year 2018-19 onwards, from the beginning of the Kharif (Vanakalam) season itself, to take care of the initial investment needs of every farmer. A budget of Rs 12000 crores has already been provided for the financial year 2018-19 and it includes Service charges payable to Banks and also administrative expenditure for implementing the scheme.
Telangana Rythu Bandhu details of the scheme are as follows:
Relieving the farmers from debt burden and not allowing them to fall in the debt trap again, this new scheme is proposed for providing investment support to Agriculture and Horticulture crops by way of a grant @ Rs. 4000/- per acre per farmer each season for purchase of inputs like (1)Seeds, (2)Fertilizers, (3)Pesticides, (4)towards Labour and other Investments in the field operations of farmers’ choice for the crop season.
The Government held widespread consultations and a major decision was taken to take up farmer-wise survey of Agriculture Lands, entitled ‘the Land Records Updation Program’ (LRUP) and accordingly the Revenue Department has completed the task of updation and purification of land records and now has an updated data base of all agricultural lands.
Detail guidelines for implementation of the scheme have also been outlined in the G.O read above.
The Chief Secretary to Government has convened a meeting on 24.6.2017 to decide the issue of extending the facility of providing Rs.4,000/ – per acre to the RoFR title holders as they have been given titles on par with the ‘D’ form patta certificates and that they are also eligible for self-cultivation for livelihood under Section 3 (1) (a) of the RoFR Act, 2006.
The Commissioner of Tribal Welfare, TS, Hyderabad in his letter Rc.No.812/ 2017 / TRl/ RoFR, dt.20.6.2017 reported that the Rule 16 of the RoFR Rules, 2008 provides for post claim support to the forest rights holders and the State Government shall ensure to provide through its departments relevant to upliftment of forest dwelling scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, that all Government Schemes including those relating to land improvement, land productivity, basic amenities and other livelihood measures to such claimants and communities whose rights have been recognized and vested under the Act.
Presently, there are about 93,494 individual title holders in the State with the extent of 3,00,092 acres. The then Chief Secretary earlier has opined that in view of the spirit of the new scheme to remove the vulnerability of the farmers, the scheme may be extended to the RoFR individual title holders also by thorough examination of all aspects.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest in his reference 2nd read above has informed that as per the progress report received from Commissioner, Tribal Welfare Department, there are about 93,494 individual claimants have the RoFR title certificates. The Rule 16 of the RoFR Act, (Amendment) Rules 2012 provides for post claim support to the Forest Rights holders and the State Government shall ensure to provide through its departments relevant to upliftment of Forest Dwelling and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers that all Government schemes including those relating to land productivity basic amenities etc.
In view of the above, the issue of extending the facility of providing Rs. 4000/- per acre each season to RoFR title holders were examined and it is decided to extend the Investment Support Scheme of Rs. Rs. 4000/- per acre each season to RoFR title holders. All the beneficiaries shall be identified by the District Collectors concerned according to the guidelines issued by the Tribal Welfare Department, in consultation with the Forest Department. These orders take immediate effect.
Agriculture & Cooperation Department – Guidelines for Implementation of Agriculture Investment Support Scheme (“Rythu Bandhu”) in Telangana State – Extension of scheme to Recognition of Forest Rights (RoFR) – Orders – Issued. AGRICULTURE AND COOPERATION (AGRI.II) DEPARTMENT G.O.Rt.No. 277 Dated: 21-04-2018 Read the following:- 1. G.O.Rt.No.231, A&C (Agri.II) Dept., Dt: 04/04/2018. 2. From the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Lr. No.7060/ 2013/WLR-3, Dt: 10/04/2018.
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