e- Laabh For Telangana Farmers
Telangana is one of the 29 states in India. It is part of southern India. Rice is the major food crop and staple of the state. Irrigation is not a big problem here because there are many rivers that flow though the state like Godavari and Krishna. But cattle’s rearing is one aspect government has been concerned about.
Why this scheme?
Calves and their rearing was becoming a challenge for the state to manage. Calves were dying and this was affecting milk yielding and agriculture both. This aspect needed immediate attention as Telangana is primarily and agricultural state.
Government has launched new software by the name e-laabh. This software has been linked with sunandini scheme for providing subsidy to farmers. This is granted for the feed farmers buy for their cattle as malnutrition is primary reason behind calves falling ill.
As of now, farmers are getting the benefits through Sunandini scheme. This feed is mineral rich and good for daily growth of calves. Good diet results in better buffaloes and also better the milk yield. Under sunandini, each farmer gets feed for two calves.
There are individual suppliers of feed, who supply it to concerned authorities at the rate of Rs. 6000/unit. This price is fixed for the first two years. The Telangana government is currently giving 50% subsidy to non SC/ST and 75% subsidy to SC& ST.
Under any such provision, granted by the government, farmers have to submit applications for registration. Else they will not gain the benefits. Since there is demand and supply is needed, government invites tenders from suppliers of feed. The lowest bidder is given the order. Now is the turn of farmers to visit the outlet and collect the needed. In total, farmer has to visit department thrice.
Suresh Chanda, Special chief secretary, has highlighted the major key points, they are mentioned below:-
- E-laabh would make sunandini scheme an online process. Farmers have to register themselves to seek the benefits.
- Information such as adhaar number, details of bank account and such have to be given at the required centers for creating an account to avail the benefits.
- The department, post receiving the necessary information, verifies it, before granting the benefits.
- Farmers now can buy the cattle through cash and submit the receipt at the concerned department.
The pros of the scheme
Making things online has benefitted both the parties- farmers and the government. Now farmers can buy cattle feed, wherever they are comfortable from and government gets to save time and cost invested on the tender process, material procurement, storing the stock and distribution of the same.
This is expected to prevent corruption and take the supplies from different corners of villages. From2016-17 (till date), government too have spent Rs. 8 crores on subsidies for cattle feed.
There was a time when calves were dying due to malnutrition. They were either not fed properly or they were dying due to diarrhea, anemia or taxaemia. They were even catching pneumonia at early age. Many veterinary scientists evaluated that all these issues were increasing the mortality rate and decreasing conception and adequate growth.
Through proper feeding of calves, agriculture and milk yielding can be made better. E-laabh under sunandini scheme is also giving boost to employment. Government is indeed putting in efforts.