First installment of kharif season 2020-21 under RGKNY to be transferred today

Raipur, May 20: On the occasion of Ex-Prime Minister Bharat Ratna Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on May 21, Chhattisgarh Government would provide Rs 1500 crore to 22 lakh farmers of the state as the first installment of agricultural input subsidy under Rajiv Gandhi Kisaan Nyay Yojana (RGKNY). MP Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi will attend this programme via video conferencing.
In this programme to be organized at CM House on May 21 at 12 noon, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, along with the members of his cabinet, will first lay a wreath on the oil painting of late Shri Rajiv Gandhi and thereafter, he would transfer the first installment of agricultural input subsidy worth Rs 1500 cr into the accounts of 22 lakh farmers of the state. He would also transfer Rs 7.17 cr as payment against the dung procurement between March 15 and May 15. MPs, MLAs, other public representatives, farmers and cattle ranchers will also participate in the program via video conferencing.
It is worth mentioning that Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana was launched by Chhattisgarh Government on the occasion of former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary on 21 May 2020 with an aim to encourage crop productivity in the state. Under this scheme, Chhattisgarh Government transferred Rs. 5628 cr to the bank accounts of about 19 lakh farmers (registered in Kharif season 2019-20) in four installments as agricultural input subsidy.
In the important cabinet meeting held on May 19 under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh Government has taken several important decisions in the interest of farmers. As per the decision taken, the input subsidy on the paddy procured from farmers in Kharif year 2020-21 will be provided at the rate of Rs 9,000 per acre. Similarly, the government has also decided to provide input subsidy of Rs 10,000 per acre instead of Rs 9000 per acre to the farmers, who have sold paddy at support price in the year 2020-21, if they are cultivating kodo kutki, sugarcane, pigeonpea, maize, soybean, pulses, oilseeds, aromatic paddy, fortified paddy crop or plant trees at the paddy field. Farmers utilizing their paddy field for plantation will be provided this grant for 3 years.
The state government has taken another important decision to provide input subsidy at the rate of Rs 9000 per acre per year to the producers of all major kharif crops such as Maize, Soyabean, Sugarcane, Kodo Kutki and Arhar, along with paddy, from Kharif year 2021-22. Chhattisgarh government has fixed the minimum support price of Kodo-Kutki at Rs 3,000 per quintal.
On May 21, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will transfer the amount of Rs. 7 crore 17 lakh directly to the accounts of villages and cattle rearers as payment for the dung procured from 15 March to 15 May, under the multi-pronged Godhan Nyay Yojana of Chhattisgarh government. It is worth mentioning here that under Godhan Nyaya Yojana, which was launched on 20 July 2020 on the occasion of Hareli Parva, a total of 88 crore 15 lakh rupees have been paid so far to the state’s cattlemen and villagers.
Besides, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel will also transfer Rs 3.6 crore to the gauthan samitis and women self help groups.

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