The state government had increased the monetary benefit under Rythu Bharosa and planned it in three instalments to meet the requirements of the farmers. The scheme, which is set to be launched in Nellore district, in a few hours from now, was revised by increasing Rs 1000 and renamed to suit to the Central government’s share of Rs 6000 from the total monetary benefit.
The chief minister, after a prolonged discussion with the members of the Agriculture Mission and the officials of the Agriculture Department, had increased the monetary benefit from Rs 12,500 to Rs 13,500 and had split the amount into three instalments that suit the requirement of the farmers.
The first instalment of Rs 7,500 will be paid to the farmers in May for the Kariff season, followed by Rs 4000 in October for Rabi season and Rs 2000 for the Pongal season. This decision was taken after the suggestions from the members of the Agriculture Mission who included a representative from the Swaminathan Foundation and agriculture journalist Palagummi Sainath.
The chief minister had also given exemption to the elected representatives from gram panchayat, mandal parishad and zilla parishad to receive the benefit. The chief minister had also ordered that the families of the farmers who died in the recent past would also receive the benefit and thus the scheme was redefined.
Sources say that the small tenant farmers from the OC list would also be made eligible to receive the benefit as there is some resentment for their exclusion. As of now, in the tenant farmers category, the state government had included only those from the SC, ST, BC and Minority communities.