Farmers details to banks

 SMTV Desk 2018-10-07 15:06:25  telangana govt, kcr, trs, rythu bandhu
Farmers details to banks

Hyderabad, Oct 07: Following the directions from Election Commission (EC) to transfer Rythu Bandhu financial assistance to farmers online, the State Agriculture Department is gearing up to make necessary arrangements. On Friday evening, EC allowed the State to continue the scheme even after opposition parties lodged complaints to halt the scheme.

But, election body, after considering all aspects, gave its approval to the State government to continue the scheme and instructed the Principal Secretary of the Agriculture Department to take measures accordingly.

In a message to Principal Secretary C Parthasarathi , EC instructed him to follow certain riders while implementing the scheme — no new beneficiary should be added to the list, no publicity should be made, no public function should be organised for distribution, no political functionary will be involved in the distribution and direct electronic transfer of cash should be made to the beneficiary’s account.

The department is making all arrangements on war-footing. Bankers printed around 24 lakh Rythu Bandhu Rabi cheques and transported them to villages. The second spell of cheque distribution started on Thursday, covering 22 villages across 11 districts.

Now, the department asked bankers to stop printing cheques and do an electronic transfer. “It was not difficult to follow EC’s instructions to transfer the financial aid through online mode. We gathered all information such as bank details of farmers during the land purification drive,” Parthasarathi told Telangana Today.

The government, during the land purification drive and agriculture survey, procured all details of farmers — bank account number, IFSC code, branch details — which are now coming in handy for the transfer of money. The department now plans to send these details to banks for transferring the Rythu Bandhu-Rabi financial assistance amount directly to their accounts.

According to sources in the department, the entire process of furnishing farmers details to the banks to ensure hassle-free transfer of money will take place in a week.