Hyderabad: The State government has decided to link the Aadhaar details of farmers in the State to their bank accounts to facilitate successful implementation of the Farmers Investment Support Scheme (FISS).
After the completion of land data compilation, the Revenue and Agriculture Departments have begun linking Aadhaar number of farmers to the land details.
The State government had announced investment support for all the 1.48 crore farmers in the State to purchase agriculture inputs for two seasons. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had declared that Rs 4,000 per acre per crop would be given from May next.
The land purification drive was taken up to arrive at the exact extent of cultivable land in the State and to ensure that genuine farmers benefit from the country’s largest and first of its kind scheme for the agriculture sector.
Following the completion of the drive, revenue officials finalised the land figures in the State. Based on the data, the State government is making arrangements for distribution of investment support through cheques to every farmer.
The Revenue and Agriculture Department officials are currently uploading village-wise data of farmers and linking it with Aadhar numbers. “We also collected Aadhar numbers of all farmers during the land survey and are now compiling a village and mandal-wise data bank with Aadhaar linkage,” Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) Director V Karuna told ‘Telangana Today’.
The government is also planning to mention Aadhaar number of farmers on the FISS cheques. In some cases, farmers holding 10-15 acre will be entitled to Rs one lakh per year from the government, and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure these funds reach genuine beneficiaries, Agriculture secretary C Partha Sarathi said.
The government is developing a permanent land database, and once the unique Aadhaar number is linked to the farmers’ details, it will be useful in future to ascertain crop details, yield for the year, fertilizers used and subsidies availed besides the financial support.