‘Prevent misuse of subsidies’

Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said the State government was able to prevent the misuse of subsidies paid on fertilizers by distributing them through the Aadhar-enabled Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.

Giving away e-POS machines to fertilizer dealers in a programme jointly organised by the Agriculture Department and Coromandel International Limited (CIL) at the Revenue Kalyanamandapam in Guntur on Thursday, Mr. Reddy said the Agriculture Department was helping the farmers in achieving good yields by supplying them quality agricultural inputs and educating them about the best practices.

The Government has disbursed Rs. 1,680 crore towards input subsidy and provided 15 lakh soil health cards to the farmers. He observed that the Aadhar-enabled LPG distribution by the Central government and implementation of the Public Distribution System through the same route by the State yielded the desired results. The Minister said the fertiliser dealers have to get registered with the Department of Fertilisers of the Government of India to roll out the DBT

Collector K. Sasidhar said of the 1527 e-POS machines required in the district, 1,188 have already been handed over to the Agriculture Department and the remaining would be coming soon.

CIL Senior Vice-President G.V. Subba Reddy, Guntur West MLA M. Venugopala Reddy and Zilla Parishad Chairperson Shaik Johnymoon were among those present.

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