Disbursal of subsidies to farmers to conclude by August

The process of disbursing Rs 327 crore of input subsidy for farmers, who faced crop losses due to the failure of monsoon last year, will be completed by August 15.
The statement was made by Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda while speaking at the Legislative Assembly on Friday.

Replying to a question by Jagadish Shettar (BJP), Gowda said while the input subsidy had been released by the Centre in March, it could not be disbursed due to the code of conduct for the Assembly elections.

At a recent deputy commissioners’ conference, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had instructed them to disburse the subsidy expeditiously. In all, 6.99 lakh farmers will benefit from the scheme, the minister said.

The government is also considering increasing compensation for farmers for crop loss in the days to come, the minister added.

Presently, small and marginal farmers who had suffered crop loss of more than 50 per cent are given relief with a cap of Rs 2,000. For horticulture farms and plantations, the relief ranges from a minimum of Rs 1,000 and a maximum of Rs 4,000.

e-permits for traders

Byre Gowda, replying on behalf of Horticulture Minister Shamanur Shivashankarappa, told
C T Ravi (BJP) that the process of issuing e-permits for traders and commission agents would be extended to all 155 Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) in a phased manner.

The facility is available in 78 APMCs. The minister admitted that fake permits had been detected at APMCs in Jewargi, Raichur and Gulbarga. “Criminal cases have been booked against the traders possessing fake permits and steps taken to recover the market fees,” he said.

“Strengthening the e-permit mechanism will eradicate the fake permit menace,” he added.

The department has also sought legal opinion about whether the licences of traders who used fake permits could be cancelled.

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