In another major pre-poll strategy, the Andhra Pradesh government led by N Chandrababu Naidu, on Wednesday announced annual financial assistance of Rs 4,000 to every farmer in the state under a new scheme called ‘Annadatha Sukhibhava’.
This will be given in addition to the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme under which Rs. 6,000 annual financial assistance will be given to the farmers- this was announced by the Centre in the interim budget earlier this month. This would mean that farmers would get a total of Rs 10,000 annually, in two installments. Those having more than five acres of land and are not eligible under the Centre’s scheme too, will get Rs 10,000 every year, as the state government decided not to have any cap on the scheme and make it open for all.
The scheme is expected to benefit 70 lakh farmers.
The suggestion was made by Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy at the state cabinet meeting which held on February 5.
Somireddy said that all tenant farmers who would be given ‘Cultivation Certificates’ and ‘Loan Eligibility Certificates’ will get Rs 5,000 each per crop.
“Andhra Pradesh is the first state to include tenant farmers also to receive the investment support benefits. They will receive two instalments of Rs 5,000 each ahead of Kharif and Rabi, a total sum of Rs 10,000. We will come to know the number of tenant farmers who will get this benefit when certificates are issued to them. All those farmers who are eligible for Rs 6,000 per household under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi will receive Rs 4,000 from the Andhra Pradesh Government. We are merging both—the Centre will give Rs 6,000 and AP Government will give Rs 4,000 more. About 54 lakh farmers will benefit from this,” Somireddy said.
The minister said that the money will be deposited in the farmers’ bank accounts by the end of February. It will include Rs 2,000 given by the central government.