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State Govt fails to disburse Central incentive to growers of high yielding paddy seeds




 With Rs 2 crores remaining unutilised, State government seems to have failed to disburse the incentive Centre has provided for paddy seed growers.

Sources said under Bring Green Revolution in Eastern India (BGREI) scheme the Union Government had provided Rs 6.16 crore to the State government during 2015 FY. This amount was to be disbursed to the farmers who would produce high yielding seeds prepared within last ten years. As per the plan, while out of every Rs 1000 per quintal, Rs 750 was to be paid to the farmers, the organizations such as the State Seeds Corporation which motivate the farmers to produce such seeds would have got Rs. 250.

The State government has failed to utilise this fund under BGREI since last two years, said sources adding that when the Centre provided the incentive amount in 2015, the State government had no information regarding farmers producing such high yielding paddy seeds in the State. Hence, the Department of Agriculture on its own prepared a yardstick for this and announced that such incentive would be given to farmers producing seeds up to 60 quintals.

Even as this scheme was in vogue in 22 districts, the Agriculture Department could not arrive at the figure of how many farmers in each district would get this incentive. Without obtaining proper information, the Agriculture Department arbitrarily made the 60 quintal yardstick said sources adding that such incentive has been given for producing Gold Sub-1 and Sahabhagi varieties.

The seed growers have appealed to the State government to relax the yardstick so that the unutilized amount of Rs. 2 crore could be disbursed to the farmers instead of getting lapsed.

It may be pointed out here that as the State requires a minimum of 6 lakh quintals of paddy seeds every year, both State and the Central government keep motivating farmers to produce high yielding seeds. It is indeed surprising to know that in spite of so much of thrust being given by both the Centre and the State government how this amount remained unutilized, rued an analyst.






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