Rythu Bandhu payment will be deposited from June 28: CM KCR

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has decided to deposit Rythu Bandhu benefit for the ensuing ‘Vanakalam’ crop investment in farmers’ bank accounts from June 28.

CM KCR directed State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar for further action. The State Government will deposit Rythu Bandhu funds in farmers’ accounts in a phased manner. (INN)

Uttam asks KCR to release Rythu Bandhu dues, waive off crop loans

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy demanded that the TRS Government immediately release promised Investment Support to farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme and immediate waive off crop loans.

Uttam Kumar Reddy was addressing a massive dharna at Huzurnagar Tahsildar office as part of Congress party’s state wide agitation on farmers’ issues on Wednesday.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had promised to pay Rs. 5,000 per acre for two seasons of Rabi and Khariff to farmers across Telangana State. However, he said that more than 50% farmers were yet to get the amount even as the crop season has reached its peak.

He also condemned the TRS Government for not initiating the process to waive off crop loans up to Rs. 1 lakh for each farmer. He said that the banks were not giving loans to farmers due to over dues and non-clearance of previous crop loans and they also did not get the promised support from State Government under Rythu Bandhu scheme.

He accused the TRS Government of pushing lakhs of farmers under bad debts and severe financial strain. He demanded that all dues under Rythu Bandhu scheme be cleared immediately besides waiving off crop loans.

The TPCC Chief also condemned the State and Central Government for the ongoing shortage of Urea in Telangana State. He said instead of ensuring supply of Urea in adequate quantities, both TRS Government in Telangana and BJP Government at the Centre were making contradictory and false statements on the availability of Urea.

He said the requirement of farmers could be met only by supplying Urea and not by entering into blame game or issuing statements. He said that the State Government did not react even after the death of one farmer who stood in a long queue to get Urea.

Uttam Kumar Reddy accused KCR of doing injustice with all sections of the society. He alleged that KCR had no sense of maintaining regional and social balance. He strongly condemned KCR for neglecting the Madiga community by not giving it any representation in the State Cabinet.

He said Madigas have a population of over 40 lakh in the State. However, KCR decided to ignore the community while accommodating two other members of his family in the cabinet. He demanded that KCR given an explanation on the issue.

The TPCC Chief alleged that CM KCR neither fulfilled the promises he made with the people in his last term, nor did anything concrete to honour the assurances he gave in the present term. Citing an example, he said KCR had promised to give 12% reservation to Muslims within four months after coming to power. However, this promise has remained unimplemented even after six years.

Similarly, KCR cheated Scheduled Tribes on the promise of 12% reservation. He said neighbouring Maharashtra has successfully implemented 12% reservation for Marathas although they exceeded the 50% ceiling.

Uttam Kumar Reddy reminded that the Chief Minister made statements in the Assembly and Council claiming that Prime Minister Narender Modi had agreed to enhance the quota for Muslims and STs. He said KCR did not even respect the resolutions passed in the Assembly and Council seeking enhanced reservation. He said KCR wants to continue in power by misleading all communities.

The TPCC Chief claimed that the Congress party would retain the Huzurnagar Assembly seat in the by-elections to be held in near future. He said had represented the Kodad and Huzurnagar seats for five terms and brought immense development. He said he had to resign from the Huzurnagar seat following his election as Nalgonda MP. He said TRS Government did not bring any development in Huzurnagar Assembly segment during the last six years.

Except for making leaders of opposition parties join TRS, the ruling party did nothing for the welfare of people. He reminded that it was due to his efforts that Huzurnagar got a 100-bed hospital, a degree college, MRO office and CC roads among several other developments.

Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that the TRS leaders were indulging in land mafia, sand mafia and other illegal means to loot public wealth and resources. TRS leaders are only interested in minting money without bothering about people’s welfare. He also alleged that the TRS leaders were harassing the Congress cadre by misusing police. He said many Congress workers were being implicated in false cases.

He warned both TRS leaders and corrupt police officers of serious consequences if they continue to harass the Congress workers and leaders.

He said power never remains permanently with any single party. Stating that he would be active in politics for another 15-20 years, he warned that those harassing the Congress workers today due to arrogance of power would face serious consequences in future.

Thousands of Congress workers from Huzurnagar constituency participated in the dharna. Similar protest was organised in all Assembly constituencies across the State today. (INN)

Uttam asks CM KCR to release Rythu Bandhu dues

Hyderabad: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President and Nalgonda MP Capt. N. Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday demanded that State Government immediately release the amount under Rythu Bandhu scheme to more than 50 lakh farmers.

In an open letter to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the farm sector in Telangana was under deep distress. He reminded that KCR, during the Assembly elections held in December 2018, had promised to pay Rs. 5,000 per acre for two crop seasons to farmers under Rythu Bandhu scheme. Similarly, TRS had promised to waive off crop loans up to Rs. 1 lakh.

However, he said that both the promises have not been fulfilled by the KCR Government. He said the Rythu Bandhu amount, which should have been paid in June this year, has been not cleared yet. He said nearly 60% farmers did not get the Rythu Bandhu for the current Khariff season. He said Rythu Bandhu payment and Crop Loan Waiver was not done for nearly 50 lakh farmers in the State.

Similarly, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the farmers who are holding more than 5 acres of land did not get a single paisa so far. He asked the Chief Minister to clarify whether the farmers owning more than 5 acres have been removed as beneficiaries of Rythu Bandhu scheme.

The TPCC Chief also pointed out that the land rectification drive of TRS Government was a failure and the revenue records were not set in order even after 14 months. He said this has badly affected lakhs of farmers as they were being denied financial assistance under Rythu Bandhu scheme and crop loans for lack of new Patta Passbooks.

He asked the Chief Minister to take immediate steps to resolve the issues. Else, he feared that delay in release of Rythu Bandhu funds and crop loan waiver might again push the farmers in huge debt traps.

Uttam Kumar Reddy said that there was huge shortage of Urea in the State. He said farmers were forced to purchase Urea from black market at higher cost due to huge shortage and non-availability.

He also requested the Chief Minister to take measures to ensure supply of Urea of farmers in adequate quantity. (INN)

TS Govt issues guidelines to enhance ‘Rythu Bandhu’ amount

Hyderabad: Telangana Government on Saturday issued guidelines to enhance Agriculture Investment Support Scheme – Rythu Bandhu from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 5,000 per acre per season.

As per the GO. Rt. No. 202 issued by Agriculture & Cooperation Department Principal Secretary C. Parathasarathi, the Commissioner & Director of Agriculture has submitted detailed proposals for continuation of the implementation of ‘Rythu Bandhu’ during 2019-20.

The Scheme was implemented in the year 2018-19 with the objective of relieving the farmers from debt burden and not allowing them to fall in the debt trap.

This scheme was proposed for providing Initial investment support to Agriculture and Horticulture crops by way of a grant @ Rs. 4000/- per acre per farmer each season towards purchase of inputs like Seeds, Fertilizers, Pesticides, towards Labor and other investments in the field operations of farmers’ choice for the crop season.

The scheme was successfully implemented during Kharif-2018 and Rabi-2018-19, duly extending it to Agency areas and RoFR (Recognition of Forest Rights) patta holders.

The scheme has been appreciated by the entire farming community and also throughout the country and has also brought laurels of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome) and other International agencies.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, in the last Legislative Assembly session, announced that the assistance under Rythu Bandhu shall be enhanced to Rs. 5000/- per acre per season from 2019-20 onwards to all the Agriculture and Horticulture farmers.

During the current year the scheme will be implemented by providing enhanced assistance of Rs. 5000/- per acre per season to all the Pattadars and RoFR title holders, by way of electronic transfer of money through e-Kuber (RBI payment platform) and the bills will be processed through DTO, Ranga Reddy district, as was done during Rabi 2018-19, since the system is streamlined and the DTO, Ranga Reddy is well acquainted with the procedure.

During current year, it is proposed to provide assistance to all the pattadars both during Kharif and Rabi, as per the digitally signed data received from CCLA, prior to every season as done during 2018-19.

However, the detailed guidelines for implementation of the scheme issued during Kharif in the reference 2ndand 3rdread above will be followed including extension of the scheme to the Agency areas to all the RoFR title holders.

All the RoFR beneficiaries will be identified by the District Collectors concerned according to the guidelines issued by the Tribal Welfare Department in consultation with the Forest Department. The data pertaining to the RoFR Patta holders will be obtained from Commissioner Tribal welfare before every season as being done for Revenue Patta holders.

The Commissioner & Director of Agriculture has been authorized to issue sanction for drawl of funds from the District Treasury Office, Ranga Reddy District with respect to Rythu Bandhu funds and the DDO nominated from the accounts section of Commissioner & Director of Agriculture shall present the bills on his behalf in the District Treasury Office, Ranga Reddy District.

Further, the validity time period for re-submission of failure cases is extended from 3 to 6 months, keeping in view the huge number of beneficiaries, as there is a possibility of number of failure cases and accordingly more time may be required for re-submitting the corrected bank account details. (INN)

Rythu Bandhu benefiting only the rich: Shabbir

Hyderabad: Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir today charged that the Rythu Bandhu scheme of TRS Government was only benefiting the land lords and not the real farmers.

Commenting on the speech delivered by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao during Telangana Formation Day celebrations, Shabbir Ali said there was nothing new in the Chief Minister’s scheme.

He said that the Rythu Bandhu scheme was grossly misused and it would deny poor farmers subsidies on fertilizers and seeds. He said KCR only indulged in blame game on Congress during his speech and had nothing new to offer to people of Telangana. “KCR took full credit for all good things that happened in Telangana including rainfall.

But he blamed Congress party and earlier governments for all the ills and even his failure to implement the poll promises made to farmers, women, minorities and students,” he said.

Shabbir said during Telangana agitation KCR had accusd the Andhra people of looting the poor in Telagnana. But today, all works of irrigation and civil supplies have been awarded to contractors and workers from Andhra.

“KCR, his family and his ‘bhajan mandali’ members were the only beneficiaries of all development works and not the people of Telangana,” he said. He also alleged that KCR has forgotten the martyrs of Telangana and also the farmers who committed suicide.

He said so far only 10,000 out of 2.6 lakh proposed units of double bed room houses have been constructed. Similarly, out of 1.07 lakh jobs, only 27,000 vacancies have been fulfilled.

Muslims and STs are still waiting for the promises 12% reservation and KG to PG free education is a mirage. However, he said Telangana has been turned into a liquor State under TRS rule.

Describing KCR’s rule as ‘Tughlaq Raj’, Shabbir said people would throw TRS out of power in next elections. (INN)

CM asks officials to ensure 100% distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the Revenue official machinery that they shall not rest until and unless the distribution of Pattadar Pass Books, Rythu Bandhu cheques and the land records rectification process is cent percent successfully completed.

The Chief Minister said that after keeping it updated as on today all the details pertaining to land sales and purchases and recording all of them, the pass books to all the eligible farmers are to be distributed. He also said that all the mistakes that appear in some of the pass books need to be corrected and rectified.

He also expressed his un-happiness over some mistakes that are appearing in some entries as well as incomplete information in few cases despite land records purification and rectification done spanning over hundred days.

He also expressed unhappiness that there are couple of technical faults and also human errors causing inconvenience to farmers. He also said some of the farmers are yet to receive their passbooks.

KCR told the officers that taking into consideration the gigantic task that has been undertaken, there may be some possibilities for committing few mistakes and in this back drop they should take this as a challenge and work with more accuracy.

Due to reorganization of districts and formation of small districts it has become easy for the collectors to more effectively supervise and this has to be viewed as a favourable one and continue to discharge duties with more commitment.

The Chief Minister said that from next month the new registration policy will come into effect and also the farmers’ insurance scheme and as such it is all the necessary to keep the land records updated and properly maintained.

He said how this would be possible, unless the land records rectification and updation is perfectly done and land ownership is exactly decided.

He also said that it is a fact that some problems have cropped in and it does not mean that we get discouraged but instead to proceed with successful completion of issue of passbooks and cheque books for which the collectors are to be geared up more effectively.

The Chief Minister held a high level review meeting on Pattadar Pass Books and distribution of Rythu Bandhu cheques issue in Pragathi Bhavan on Wednesday. Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary, Deputy Chief Ministers, Ministers, Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi, Senior officers and collectors participated.

KCR elicited information on district wise distribution of cheque books and pass books, how many received them, how many yet to receive, reasons for not issuing to them as well as measures to be initiated to issue pass books and cheque books to all farmers as scheduled. (INN)

Assembly Speaker congratulates CM on ‘Rythu Bandhu’ success

Hyderabad: Telangana Legislative Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary presented a bouquet to honorable Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao at Pragathi Bhavan today afternoon and congratulated him on the successful conduct of Rythu Bandhu program and distribution of Pattadar Pass books and cheques to the farmers.

Madhusudan Chary told the CM that tremendous joy is seen in the eyes of the farmer in the festive mood is prevailing in every village.

The CM in turn complimented Deputy CM Mahmood Ali and Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy for organizing Rythu Bandu Program successfully.

He also complimented the agriculture officers for successful organization of agriculture developmental programs in Telangana and for effective distribution of cheques under Investment support scheme.

Commissioner for Agriculture Jagan Mohan, Commissioner Horticulture Venkatrami Reddy and Agriculture officers from different districts also met the Chief Minister. (INN)

CM wants ‘Rythu Bandhu’ cheques distribution completed by June 2

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed concerned officers that they should ensure distribution of Rythu Bandu cheques and Pattadar pass books to each and every eligible farmer by June 2.

The Chief Minister said that the government has information that due to technical reasons at some places some farmers did not get either pattadar pass books or cheques.

He said that whatever might be the problems they should be overcome and by the time the new registration policy comes into effect on June 2, 2018 the distribution of pass books and cheque books shall be completed, come what may.

The Chief Minister has called for a meeting with Ministers and Collectors on Wednesday at 1 pm in Pragathi Bhavan to take stock of the progress of whole programme as of now, as well as to review and formulate a proper strategy for distributing Pass Books and Cheques to those who are yet to get.

KCR said that farmers were very happy that their land details and holdings have been rectified and updated besides issuing of new pass books and investment support cheques, without spending even a single rupee.

He felt happy and satisfaction that Rythu Bandhu Scheme has received tremendous response and applause and none other government programs in the whole of India as of now could get such a great response. He desired that the same spirit shall be continued and the rest of farmers, 100%, shall be given pass books at the earliest and make the program a grand success.

He wanted that those farmers who failed to attend the distribution program when scheduled in their villages may obtain their passbooks and cheques from the concern MRO/ Tahsildar Office.

The Chief Minister has held a review meeting in Pragathi Bhavan on the Rythu Bandu Cheque distribution and Pattadar Pass Book distribution on Tuesday afternoon.

Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary, Deputy CM Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Ministers Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, T. Harish Rao, Lakshma Reddy, Planning Commission Vice Chairman S. Niranjan Reddy, Government Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary S.K Joshi, MPs J. Santosh Kumar, Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, Mission Bhagiratha Vice Chairman Vemula Prashanth Reddy, MDC Chairman Seri Subhash Reddy, MLAs Marri Janardhan Reddy and Srinivas Goud, MLCs Saleem, Sreenivas Reddy, Senior officers S. Narsing Rao, Ramakrishna Rao, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Shanthi Kumari, Vikas Raj, Jagan Mohan, Venkat Ramireddy, Sandeep Sultaniya, Bhoopal Reddy and others participated.

“There is no other a priority program to the government than that of farmers welfare. That is the reason why our Government is allotting more funds to the agriculture sector.

Several expressed a sort of fear when we started implementing the Rythu Bandu Program with a budgetry provision of Rs 12,000 Crores. We however marched ahead with firm determination since this is a program benefiting the farmers directly.

The Farmers are extremely happy on receiving the Investment Support for their agriculture from the Government. They feel a sligh of relief for being freed from the dead trap. It is not a simple and easy thing to rectify and update land records in record time and issue pass books and cheques subsequently.

The Farmers are doubly happy since there is a clarity on the ownership of lands without spending a rupee towards it. I compliment the Revenue and Agriculture staff for successfully completing this herculean task. Government undertakes several programs for the benefit of the people and implement several schemes.

However, none of these schemes could get such a tremendous response as in the case of Investment Support Scheme. There is nationwide applaud for this program” said the CM.

“At some places for some reasons or other as well as non-linkage of Aadhar card in the case of some farmers, Cheques and Pass Books could not be distributed. It may be also a fact that few of the revenue officials were irresponsible to some extent.

It is also come to the notice of the Government that at some places, may be negligible, the rectification of Land records was not properly handled. At a time when government has been doing a lot for the benefit of farmers with great commitment, it is unfortunate that some of the officials are unable to discharge their duties in tune with the requirement.

It is high time that they change and jump into the action on war footing. Without leaving even a single farmer every eligible farmer shall get the pattadar pass books and cheques.

By the time the new registration policy comes into effect on June 2nd 2018 every farmer shall possess the new pattadar pass books and all the land records shall be updated” instructed the Chief Minister.

The Chief minister will be chairing an emergency review meeting on Wednesday the 23rd May at 1 pm in Pragathi Bhavan to take stock of the progress of Rythu Bandhu Cheque distribution and Pattadar pass book distribution as on Tuesday evening as well as to formulate a strategy to ensure that the whole program comes to a conclusion by 2nd June.

The meeting will discuss details of how many received the pass books? How many received cheques? How many are yet to receive? Why they are pending? When will the remaining get books and cheques? What are the issues and problems faced? as well as every other connected issue district wise.

A strategy will be formulated in the meeting to see that the program of distribution of cheques and pass books is concluded by 2nd June.

The meeting will also discuss on the farmers insurance scheme, Kanti Velugu (Eye Camps), State Formation Day celebrations and Panchayath Raj elections etc., (INN)

Congress claims of returning to power are ridiculous: Harish Rao

Hyderabad: Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao said that there were too many contenders in Congress for the Chief Minister’s post and therefore, the party would win less numbers of seats than the CM candidates.

Speaking after distributing cheques of Rythu Bandhu scheme in Manor mandal of Sangareddy on Monday, Harish Rao said that the claims of Congress party of winning 2019 elections were ridiculous. He said it was difficult even for leaders like Jana Reddy and Uttam Kumar Reddy to retain their seats.

However, the Congress leaders have been making tall claims of sweeping the next polls. He said that the Congress party would be lost in the wave of Rythu Bandhu scheme.

Harish Rao said that the Congress party’s Praja Chaitanya Bus Yatra was a flop and more than the people, party leaders are visible in the yarta.

TRS MP B.B. Patil, MLAs Bhupal Reddy and Ramulu Naik and other leaders were also present. (INN)

Farmers are happy with ‘Rythu Bandhu’ scheme: TRS

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has claimed that there has been a wave of happiness among farmers over Rythu Bandhu scheme whose cheques are being distributed since the last four days.

Addressing a press conference at TRS Legislature Party office on Monday, TRS MLC Karne Prabhakar said that the Rythu Bandhu scheme has been so successful that it has forced the Congress leaders to support it.

He ridiculed the demand of TPCC President Capt. N. Uttam Kumar demanding increase in MSP and said that the MSPs are decided by the Central Government and not the State. He said that the sympathy being expressed by Congress leaders towards farmers was fake.

Prabhakar said before making new promises with the farmers, the Congress leaders should look at their 2009 manifesto.

Stating that the Congress party’s claim of winning next elections was like day-dreaming, he advised the Congress leaders to learn to behave like a constructive opposition. (INN)