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State govt to give land to landless farmers

CM Raje says land willl be given as per existing rules, announces centre of excellence for medicinal plants

jaipur Updated: Nov 11, 2016 21:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A large number of farmers from the state visited the exhibitions held during the agri-meet in Jaipur. (Prabhakar Sharma/ht photo)

In a move that could benefit lakhs of landless farmers in Rajasthan, the state government has decided to give farm land to agriculturists for better sustenance, chief minister Vasundhara Raje announced on Friday at a valedictory function of GRAM.

The decision is aimed to woo around 38% of 40 million people associated with agriculture in Rajasthan, who as per Socio-Economic Caste Survey of 2011 were landless. All states except Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir have more landless farmers than Rajasthan.

Raje said the agriculture land will be given to landless farmers as per the existing rules under which they are eligible to get pasture or grazing land. The disbursement of land to farmers under the existing rules has been slow and revenue officials expect disbursement to speed up after the chief minister’s announcement.

Taken aback by the chief minister’s sudden announcement, the officials said they will announce the modalities for giving land in the next few days. Directions would be issued to district-level officials, they said.

At the event, organised to give boost to agriculture in the state, the chief minister also announced that a centre of excellence for medicinal plants will be set up to encourage farmers to grow medicinal plants.

The Rajasthan agriculture department has an incentive scheme for alternate farming, which fetches good market price. “We have different pilots to encourage farmers to opt for crops that have good market value. We also provide them facilities to sell their produce to consumers in metros, such as Delhi and Mumbai,” state’s agriculture secretary Neel Kamal Darbari had told HT in October.

In a statement, the government said loans will be disbursed to farmers within 15 days in their bank accounts under Sahakar Kisan Kalyan Yojana. They can avail a maximum loan of `20 lakh for agriculture works and 2% interest subsidy will be given to farmers who repay the loan on time, the statement said, adding all necessary documents for loan will be provided along with the application under this scheme.

The government also decided to double personal insurance to farmers under Raj Sahakar Personal Insurance Scheme from present `5 lakh. A target to cover 25 lakh farmers under the scheme this year has also been set, the statement said.

First Published: Nov 11, 2016 21:14 IST