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Telangana govt to go to the grassroots for farmers’ opinion

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Hyderabad: To ensure effective implementation of Agriculture Investment Support Scheme (AISS), the Cabinet Sub-Committee embarked on a ground-level exercise to elicit opinion from the beneficiaries over the mode of payment.

After their first meeting, the committee members on Wednesday selected a few villages where they interacted with farmers about their needs and the scope of fulfilling them through AISS.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao entrusted the cabinet panel the job of finalising guidelines for the implementation of AISS, including mode of transfer of financial assistance to all farmers starting from May.

On receiving negative feedback on money transfer to farmers’ bank accounts, the Chief Minister asked the committee and department officials to explore other options for the successful implementation of the scheme.

Sub-committee Chairman and Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy interacted with farmers in Sadashivanagar village of Kamareddy mandal. He asked Farmers Agriculture Cooperative Societies (FACCs) and other farmers associations to suggest best methods to receive government assistance for purchasing fertilizers, seed and other input material.

“The farmers’ decision is final and the government is ready to provide financial assistance to make the sector more dependable,” Reddy said.

Sub-committee member and Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy also spoke to farmers of Gajula Molkapuram village in Penspahad mandal, Nalgonda district. He said the Telangana government is pro-farmers and AISS is going to be the country’s best scheme in agriculture sector.

The committee members, after gathering more ground level information, will meet again on Thursday to discuss possible options for the money transfer. Meanwhile they are working on three options – T-Wallet, transfer through post-office and distributing DDs. The sub-committee also wanted bankers’ assurance that they would not adjust the AISS amount for their old dues in case money was credited to farmers’ accounts. The bankers sought time to reply.

The committee was asked to submit detailed operational guidelines for the implementation of AISS in four days, which makes their meeting on Thursday crucial.

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