Commissioner of Agriculture K. Madhusudhana Rao on Saturday clarified that the Information Technology for Agriculture Project (ITAP), an IT-based rural initiative, was excluded from Rashtirya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) scheme in January 2009 as the Department of Agriculture had hoisted the AGRISNET portal, which is similar to ITAP. In response to a news item published in these columns on Saturday, the Commissioner said the sub-committee of RKVY had taken the decision to exclude ITAP from RKVY on January 23, 2009 to avoid duplication/overlapping of activities covered under the existing schemes of State and Central Governments. Even the Rs. 8.94 crore sanctioned for ITAP during 2007-08 and 2088-09 was not released by the Centre, he explained.