Subsidy Distribution Slow

While the State Government has placed over Rs.718 Crore with the Collectors to disburse Agriculture Input Subsidy to the hapless farmers affected by drought, pest attack and unseasonal rains, several District Administrations are going slow in disbursement.

State Government had placed Rs.718.50 Crore with the Collectors of 29 Districts, where as till date only 8 Percent of the amount has been disbursed, said official sources.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked the officials in the Department of Revenue and Disaster Management to speed up disbursement of Agricultural Input Subsidy on war footing basis.

He has also directed the Collectors to disburse the funds immediately as famers are in distress.

Accordingly, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Office, made dogged pursuit to collect information from the districts and decision was taken to disburse Input Subsidy as fast as possible.

However, the District Collectors are going very slow, while disbursing Input subsidy, admit officials in Department of Revenue & Disaster Management.

Districts like Bargarh, Balangir, Boudh, Bhadrakh, Jharsuguda, and several others are going slow.
Out of total Rs.718.50 Crore, for drought Rs.216.22 Crore was placed with District Collectors and till date only 20 Percent of the amount has been disbursed.

Similarly Rs.128.48 Crore was placed for disbursal of Input subsidy for pest attack and as of now only 9 Percent has been disbursed, officials admit.

In case of un-seasonal rains, Rs.364.76 Crore was allocated to the Districts and 0.03 Percent has been disbursed by the Collectors, reveal officials.
It seems that the District Administrations are not serious about disbursement, officials feel.
Due to drought, pest attack and unseasonal rains over 1.6 Lakh farmers were affected and in all three counts, the officials have failed at grass root level in disbursing Input Subsidies for which the State Government has taken serious note of it, said sources.
While disbursement is delayed due to several reasons, large scale vacancies in District, Sub Division and Block level posing a major problem, officials admit.
As the disbursements are made in Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Mode, absence of detailed data on beneficiaries with the District Administration is also posing as a problem.
Similarly Aadhaar Numbers are not fully allocated to the people so there are large number of farmers, who do not posses Aadhaar Numbers, admit officials.
However, as the situation is grave and famers are left in a hapless condition due to triple whammy on the farm sector with drought, pest attack and unseasonal rains, the Collectors are to go for an overdrive to disburse the Agricultural Input
Subsidies on a war footing basis, said a senior official in the Department of Revenue & Disaster Management.

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