Under Aadhaar-enabled service delivery, farmers in Mysore and Tumkur districts have to produce documents to establish their identity to purchase fertilizers from retail dealers from December 15, 2012.

They have to produce either Aadhaar Card or Kisan Credit Card to buy fertilizers in the two districts.

In move towards rolling out Aadhaar-based cash transfers in the future, the Centre has launched a pilot project in 10 select districts in the country, including Mysore and Tumkur, Mangalore Chemical and Fertilizers (MCF) Ltd Deputy General Manager Gurunath G. told The Hindu on Friday.

MCF is the nodal agency for implementation of the project in Tumkur, while Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) has been assigned the task in Mysore district. MCF, which manufactures a wide range of products, including Urea, Di-ammonium Phosphate and complex fertilizers, is also the state coordinator for mobile based fertilizer monitoring system.

Mysore and Tumkur districts have been selected on account of high percentage penetration of Aadhaar and Kisan Credit cards. Based on the success of the pilot project, the system would be introduced in other districts, Mr. Gurunath said.

To track movement of fertilizers in all districts in the State as well in the country, the Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers has directed all wholesale and retail dealers to compulsorily issue acknowledgements for supply of fertilizers from companies as well statements of sale of fertilizers to farmers through mobile or web-enabled system to the National Informatics Centre, Delhi.

He said the objective of the project was to ensure availability of adequate quantity of fertilizers in all districts. The Union Government had planned to design a scheme to transfer fertilizer subsidies directly as cash into the bank account of farmers using Aadhaar numbers.

  • Pilot project launched in Mysore, Tumkur districts

  • Aim is to ensure adequate quantity of fertilizers