Officials told to issue tokens to Rythu Bandhu beneficiaries

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File Photo: Chief Secretary SK Joshi

Hyderabad: Officials, who are organising the distribution of pattadar passbooks and Rythu Bandhu cheques from May 10 have been instructed to issue special token slips to all beneficiaries village-wise to avoid any possible confusion at the events.

Chairing a video conference where arrangements for distribution of passbooks and cheques was discussed with District Collectors and senior officials from different departments, Chief Secretary S K Joshi called for setting up of special counters so that people could present their tokens and collect the pattadar passbooks and Rythu Bandhu cheques in a disciplined manner.

Joshi said so far 45 lakh passbooks had been printed of which 23 lakh had been dispatched to the districts and 15 lakh had been received at the district level.

Of the estimated Rs 5,600 crore required for the Rythu Bandhu scheme for the upcoming Kharif season, Rs 1,600 crore had already been deposited with the banks.

Another Rs 2,400 crore would be deposited in the next two or three days and the balance would be deposited within the week, he added.

Joshi called on officials concerned to coordinate with bank officials at the district level to ensure there was no shortage of cash at the banks for cashing of the cheques. So far, 54.15 lakh cheques had been printed and dispatched to the districts of the total 58 lakh cheques.

Chief Secretary told the officials that Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had already provided direction for smooth conduct of these programmes at the village level at the recent meeting with Collectors, Joint Collectors and officials of the Agriculture Department.

This is a prestigious programme of the government and officials had the responsibility to ensure it’s successful implementation. They should also ensure the participation of elected representatives in the passbooks and cheques distribution programmes, Joshi added.

With respect to Rythu Bandhu beneficiaries tilling ROFR land and Agency area land, officials should follow the lists submitted by the Tribal Welfare Department and issue patta certificates and issue the cheques based on Aadhaar cards.

Joshi also instructed officials to complete all the required administrative steps such as seeding Aadhaar numbers with the passbooks and digital signatures.

Principal Secretary of the Agriculture Department C Parthasarathi told the meeting that special officers had been appointed for the distribution programme and village wise schedules had been prepared.
He said district and State wide dashboards had been prepared for updating record of distribtution and further action on cheques that remain undistributed initially, would be taken up after May 18.

Tuesday’s meeting was attended, among others, by Special Chief Secretaries Ajay Mishra and Rajeshwar Tiwari, GAD Principal Secretary Adhar Sinha, Principal Secretaries Vikas Raj, Sunil Sharma and RV Chandravadan, Secretary B Venkatesham, Panchayat Raj Commissioner Neetu Prasad, Commissioner of Health Vakati Karuna, CMO Special Secretary Smita Sabharwal, and CMO OSD (Haritha Haram) Priyanka Varghese.