Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana
A SCHEME FOR THE FARMERS
What’s in news?
In the line to help Agriculture and farmers, a new scheme was launched by a state government on 21st May, 2020.
- Scheme: As per the election manifesto, a new scheme was introduced – “Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana” launched on May 21.
- Why May 21? This is martyrdom day of Rajiv Gandhi, former PM of India – was assassinated in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
- Launched by: The scheme was launched by the Chhattisgarh government – previously the state cabinet was approved on May 14.
- Objective: The main objective of this scheme is to encourage production of crops and to provide farmers the fair value of their produce.
- The scheme is also to ensure “minimum income availability” to farmers of the state through direct bank transfer (DBT) – as per their election manifesto.
- Chhattisgarh is the first state of the country to provide financial relief of Rs 5,700 crore through DBT in bank accounts of farmers.
- Allocated fund: The state government has allocated the amount Rs 5,756 crore in the budget 2020-21 in order to benefit the farmers.
- Instalments: The money will be distributed in 4 instalments. As the first instalment, 1500 Cr will be distributed among 18 lakh farmers – 80% of them are small and marginal farmers.
- Crops covered: The crops covered in this scheme – Rice, Maize, Paddy, sugarcane (Rabi crops).
- Financial assistance: To encourage the farmers to cultivate the crops, the amount and the respective criteria of the farmers;
- 10000/ acre – for Rice an Maize farmers
- 13000 / acre – for sugarcane farmers
- The amount will be distribute depending on the quantity acquired through cooperative society.
- Advantage: The financial assistance to the farmers will increase their income which raise the demand of the individuals – which results in hike in state’s economy.
- Criticism: The scheme was not covered the total no. of farmers (around 30 lakhs) – only covered about 19 lakh farmers.
Data to know:
National Commission on Farmers / Swaminathan Commission:
- The commission chaired Professor S. Swaminathan formed on December 2004 and submitted its report on October 2006.
- It focused on causes of farmer’s distresses and the rise in farmers’ suicides.
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