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Telangana Announced 'Rythu Bandhu' Scheme For Farmers

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced the latest scheme extending cash assistance of Rs 4,000 per acre to farmers every agricultural season has attracted the attention of the Narendra Modi government.

The scheme called Rythu Bandhu, or farmer’s friend, will be inaugurated in the third week of April with farmers getting cheques. The state government will have to shell out Rs 5,685 crore for the scheme covering 14.21 million acres of cultivable land.

The exercise will continue till May-end so as to help farmers buy agriculture inputs such as seeds, pesticides and fertilisers by the commencement of the kharif season in the first week of June.

The Centre summoned principal secretary of Telangana state agriculture department C Parthasarathy to New Delhi to give a detailed presentation of the scheme before ministers and officials representing agriculture, finance, defence, food and civil supplies, railways, rural development, ports and national highways.

The Telangana government has earmarked Rs 12,000 crore for the scheme in the annual state budget for 2018-19.

Since the Centre has not made any provision for any such scheme in the Union budget 2018-19, it may not implement the scheme this year.