Andhra Pradesh

A.P. govt. launches Rythu Bharosa scheme that provides ₹13,500 to farmers

Farmer-friendly: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during the launch of YSR Rythu Bharosa - PM Kisan scheme at Kakaturu in Nellore district on Tuesday.

Farmer-friendly: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during the launch of YSR Rythu Bharosa - PM Kisan scheme at Kakaturu in Nellore district on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: K. Ravikumar

No eligible farmer will be left out, says Andhra Pradesh Jagan Mohan Reddy

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said his ‘farmer-friendly’ government is committed to providing input assistance of ₹13,500 per year to all eligible ones.

Launching the YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisan scheme amid fanfare at Kakaturu near Sarvepalli in SPSR Nellore district on Tuesday, Mr. Jagan said: “Those whose have been left out, including tenant farmers, need not worry. They can apply online or visit the District Collector’s office or the Mandal Revenue Office for inclusion of their names.”

“On every Wednesday, input assistance will be credited into the bank accounts of the newly-included farmers and the process will go on till November 15,” he explained.

Payment schedule

“Despite financial constraints, my government is implementing this scheme eight months earlier than promised and giving ₹1,000 more than what was promised at the party plenary and during my padayatra,” the Chief Minister said.

Input assistance of ₹7,500 would be provided to each farmer before start of the kharif season, another ₹4,000 at the time of harvesting and just before the start of the rabi season, and the last instalment of ₹2,000 at the time of the farmers’ festival of Sankranti, Mr. Jagan said amid loud cheers.

“The two-page poll manifesto of the YSR Congress Party is akin to the Bible or Quran for me,” the Chief Minister declared.

Assured power supply

Mr. Jagan, echoing his father and former CM Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s view, said: “Economic growth is not just about GDP numbers. The condition of farmers should be better today than what it was yesterday. Only then we can assert to have made progress.”

The government ensured nine hours power supply to farmers during day time in 60% of power feeders now, he said, adding the same would be extended to the remaining feeders by upgrading the transmission infrastructure by July 2020 at a cost of ₹1,700 crore.

He said spurious farm inputs would be a thing of the past as the government would run shops to market subsidised seeds, fertilizers and pesticides in every village next to the village Secretariat and also open cold storages and godowns as also food processing units covering a group of villages to add value to the produce.

Input subsidy

The ₹ 2,000-crore input subsidy kept pending by the previous TDP government would be paid. A commodity board for millets would be set up, he added.

Happy over the major reservoirs, including Somasila and Kandaleru, getting good inflows, Mr. Jagan said: “God’s blessings are with the State.”

All pending irrigation projects in Nellore district would be taken up expeditiously, he said.

The government went for reverse tendering to ensure transparency and save scarce financial resources of the State, the CM explained.

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