Chief Minister, Pema Khandu launched two ambitious schemes which give a boost to the state’s horticulture and agricultural sectors.
Elaborately, one in the agriculture sector is named ‘AtmaNirbhar Krishi Yojna’ and the other for horticulture is titled ‘AtmaNirbhar Bagwani Yojna’.
Expenditure for the schemes
The schemes were announced during the Budget session held in February this year they are part of the AtmaNirbhar program. A cumulative amount of Rs 120 crores and Rs 60 crore for each scheme respectively has been allotted to the two concerned departments of Horticulture and Agriculture.
Though, under the Department of Agriculture, the AtmaNirbhar Krishi Yojnais the subsumed edition of Chief Minister’s Samuh Yojna with more thrust and provision of bank loan and also the erstwhile Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojna. Similarly, the AtmaNirbhar Bagwani Yojna is the earlier scheme called Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojna under the department of Horticulture.
Will benefit SHG groups and Farmers
It will immensely benefit the Self Help Groups (SHGs) and farmers across the state. Praises the departments of Horticulture and agriculture and the banks for coming up with proper guidelines of the schemes. To avail and get the details of the schemes Khandu appealed all to get in touch with their respective district administrations.
“These two schemes are unique as these are both based on front-ended subsidies. Credit link will be provided to the beneficiaries by SBI, Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank and Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Apex Bank,” Khandu said.
No land document will be needed
No land document like Land Possession Certificate (LPC) will be needed for SHGs availing the schemes, he notified further. Rather, a simple certificate from the concerned CO, EAC or BDO will serve the purpose.
“The best part is that the components of the schemes will be 45% govt subsidy, 45% bank loan and only 10% will have to be borne by the farmer,” informed Khandu.
He conveyed positivity that the schemes will be largely beneficial to about 3700 SHGs of the state, whereas women members as majority.
Though, the time period for final selection of beneficiaries has been set up in September month by the Department.
“As per official records, we have almost 25 lac hac of cultivable land available but unfortunately we are using only 3.5 lac hectares at the moment. We need to utilize our land bank optimally for our state to become atmanirbhar,” he asserted.
The Krishi Yojna will deal with scientific land terracing,farm mechanization,tea and rubber, double cropping, cultivation of buckwheat, O-bollu, apiculture, etc, while the Bagwani Yojna is for cultivation of fruits like orange, apple, kiwi,walnut and persimmon.
The schemes will be implemented through a state level committee headed by the chief secretary and district level committees headed by respective deputy commissioners.
For enactment of the schemes, the guidelines have been prepared by NABCONS, the consultant agency of NABARD.