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In a significant development in the field of Agriculture, Agro Industry & Allied Activities, a special scheme has been approved to support the efforts of the Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi to address air pollution. This includes subsidization of machinery required for in-situ management of crop residue for the period 2018 - 19 to 2019 - 20 has been approved. As it is a Central Sector Scheme with 100 % Central share, so the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is responsible for implementation of the scheme. The total amount contribution from the Central funds would be Rs. 1151.80 crore ( Rs. 591.65 crore in 2018 - 19 and Rs. 560.15 crore in 2019 - 20).

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Beneficiaries & Implementing Agencies

  • The various beneficiaries and location-specific agricultural equipment will be identified based on the farming system being coordinated by the Respective State Governments through District Level Executive Committee (DLEC).

  • This also includes identification and selection of beneficiaries for establishment of Farm Machinery Bank for Custom Hiring and procurement of machines on individual ownership basis to avail the benefit in transparent and time bound manner.

  • To ensure credit requirements of the beneficiaries, the State the State Nodal Department/DLEC may tie up with the Banks.

  • The name and details of selected beneficiaries will be documented at district level indicating Aadhaar/UID numbers following which the financial assistance will be paid through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

  • At the Central level the scheme will be administered by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare.

  • A National Steering Committee headed by Secretary, DAC&FW will formulate the policy and give overall directions and guidance to the implementation of the scheme by the State Government and will monitor and review its progress and performance.

  • Executive Committee chaired by Additional Secretary will oversee the activities of the scheme.

  • As far as the State level is concerned, the nodal implementing agency will be the Department of Agriculture of the concerned State Government.

  • As far as the implementation of the scheme is concerned, the State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) chaired by Principle Secretary (Agriculture) / Agriculture Production Commissioner shall monitor it through their State through regular meeting and will provide inputs to Executive Committee for appropriate policy formulation.

  • The SLEC shall ensure that no crop residue burning takes place in the farmer field.

  • To carry forward the objectives of the scheme for project formulation, implementation and monitoring in the districts the District level Committee shall be responsible. This will also constitute Surveillance Committees involving farmers group/progressive farmers to mobilize farmers for not burning the crop residue and will also ensure active participation of Panchayati Raj Institutions.

  • To empanel the manufacturer of machines and equipment constituting towards the identification of in-situ management of crop residue along with their costs, The DAC&FW shall be responsible.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 13, 2019

Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries

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