Assam CM launches largest tractor distribution scheme
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made a fervent call to the farmers of the State to work hard with dedication to rejuvenate the agriculture sector and to contribute to the growth of Assam. While ceremonially launching the country’s largest tractor distribution scheme in the State under the Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana, Sonowal urged the beneficiaries to make best use of the tractors provided to them to ensure doubling the rural income. The programme was organised by the State Agriculture Department.
Sonowal said, “Agriculture is our identity and it is the best culture amongst all cultures. We have to work hard to strengthen our agriculture sector. Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana envisages facilitating the farmers by providing one tractor in each revenue village at a subsidised rate.” adding that around 10,109 tractors would be distributed in the first phase of the scheme and all 26,000 villages would be covered phasewise with an aim to double farmers’ income by 2022.
“We have distributed these tractors by utilising public money and therefore, all the farmers will have to ensure their proper utilisation. People also have to keep strict watch over the use of these tractors. A separate unit under the Agriculture Department will also be constituted to guide the beneficiaries and monitor their activities,” Sonowal asked the beneficiaries to inform the Agriculture Department in every three months about the progress of their work.
Minister of Finance, Health and Education Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said as an entry point activity under CMSGUY, the government has decided to provide tractors to the farmers to give a new lease of life to agriculture economy of the State.
An amount of Rs 1,000 crore has been earmarked for its implementation, he informed.
Dr Sarma also announced that as part of its efforts to empower the farmers, the government has decided to waive interest on KCC and other agriculture loans, which are less than Rs 3 lakh and an amount of Rs 150 crore has been allotted in the budget for the same.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, informed that the State government’s scheme to provide tractor to one farm unit in each revenue village is the largest scheme in the country.