EC sanctioned Rs 6000 crore cash aid scheme for farmers of Telangana
Election Commission (EC) on Friday approved the Telangana government's Rs 6,000-crore Rythu Bandhu Yojana, which promised to provide cash assistance to the farmers during the Rabi season in spite of the Election Commission.
In May this year, the first phase of the Raithu Bundu Yojana was implemented for the kharif season. Under this, the cash assistance of Rs 4,000 per acre will be paid to each farmer for the purchase of agriculture inputs. This scheme was designed for the benefit of 57.17 lakh farmers in 10,874 villages.
EC's voting code was effective from September 6, the day the state assembly was dissolved. Meanwhile, Congress clarified that it will never stop any welfare and development activity in the state. Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee's treasurer, Gudur Narayana Reddy, said that under the direct supervision of the Raittu Bandhu Yojana EC and official machinery, it should be implemented without any political intervention or effect.
SK Rudola, principal secretary, EC, said the scheme could be implemented subject to certain conditions. As per conditions, Rythu Bandhu scheme would be applicable only to existing beneficiaries and no new beneficiaries would be added to the list. Moreover, the cash had to be credited directly into the accounts of the farmers through electronic transfer and not distributed in the form of cheques. The EC also ruled out publicity for the implementation of the scheme apart from directing political parties not to distribute cash to farmers at public functions.