Although they might be political rivals, but Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao have agreed over the same ideology. On Wednesday, Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu scheme was adapted by the Andhra government.
In a major pre-poll sop, the Andhra Pradesh government announced annual financial assistance of Rs 4,000 to every farmer in the state under a new scheme called ‘Anna-data Sukhi-bhava’.
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This will be given in addition to the Rs 6,000 announced by the Centre in the interim budget earlier this month. This would mean that farmers would get a total of 10,000 rupees annually, in two instalments. 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 54 lakh farmers.
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.
Under the Rythu Bandhu scheme, TRS government has allocated more funds than any other State governments in India, providing Rs 8,000 incentive to farmers. Further, Rs 5 lakh life insurance scheme and 24-hour power supply have also been granted. To provide irrigation water to farmers, the government constructed Kaleshwaram project with Rs 83,000 crore.