Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had won the hearts of the tenant farmers in the State by announcing that his Rythu Bharosa scheme would also cover them. The chief minister, who is projecting himself as farmer-friendly, had announced the Rythu Bharosa programme, intending to give Rs 12,500 at one time for every kariff season towards crop investment. The scheme, was initially planned for the farmers holding lands.
But, ahead of his Farmers’ Day celebrations on July 8, marking his father and late chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy’s birthday, the chief minister had announced that the Rythu Bharosa would also benefit the tenant farmers. There are at least 30 lakh tenant farmers who have been farming for decades. The tenant farmers are toiling in the soil, while the actual land owners, living in cities, enjoy the benefits of loan waiver and others. The decision of Jaganmohan Reddy to give the benefits of Rythu Bharosa had gone well into these 30 lakh families, who would be receiving the benefit for the first time. Though the previous Telugu Desam Party had issued some loan eligibility cards to the tenant farmers, it was limited to just 4 to 5 lakh against the total 30 lakh tenant farmers in the State.
The Jaganmohan Reddy government is rolling out the benefits to one section after the other and the priority is the farming community. The government had constituted Agriculture Mission and held its first meeting on Saturday, where more benefits and welfare initiatives were planned for the farmers, including creation of price stabilisation fund at Rs 3,000 crore corpus to provide government intervention in marketing the agriculture produce. The State government had already promised to pay the premium for the crop insurance and these benefits would go deeper into every household that would give a comfortable cushioning for the ruling party and its chief in terms of electoral benefits.