Agriculture income support: Telangana walks the talk on new per-acre subsidy scheme

Written by Sreenivas Janyala
| Hyderabad |
Updated: June 14, 2018 12:52:31 am

Telangana farmers hold photographs of their relatives, who have reportedly committed suicide, during a rally organised by farmers’ organisations. Reuters

The K Chandrashekar Rao-led government in Telangana has issued cheques totaling around Rs 5,600 crore to 57.33 lakh land-owning farmers in the state ahead of the current kharif crop season under its flagship Rythu Bandhu agricultural subsidy scheme.

“Out of the Rs 5,600 crore worth cheques that we have issued since May 10, farmers have already encashed Rs 5,400 crore,” Vakati Karuna, special officer for the Rythu Bandhu scheme, told The Indian Express.

Under Rythu Bandhu, farmers are given a flat Rs 4,000 per acre “investment support” before every crop season, with this amount expected to meet a major…

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