In another major setback to the Telangana caretaker government, Election Commission Of India (ECI) has put conditions for the implementation of second phase Rythu Bandhu scheme launched on Friday in the state.
The Commission imposed restrictions on the enforcement of the scheme instructing the government to stop the distribution of cheques to the farmers with immediate effect.
The EC has already stopped the government from the distribution of Batukamma sarees to the woman on the eve of Batukamm festival begin from October 9.
In a letter to Telangana Chief Electoral Officer, ECI Principal Secretary RK Rudola informed that the Commission approved the scheme for pre identified beneficiaries only.
The conditions are - " no new beneficiaries should be added to the to the list of eligible beneficiaries, no publicity and no public function should be organised in the implementation of the scheme. The public functionaries were also not allowed in the process of the distribution and as for as possible direct electronic transfer of cash component should be made through the account of the beneficiary and there should be no distribution of the cheques in this regard."
On the instructions of the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, state Agriculture department launched the distribution of cheques to the farmers on Friday . As per the schedule, government would have to launch the cheque distribution from November first week
Under rythu bandhu, government is providing Rs 4,000 incentive per acre as input cost to the farmers . Government already deposited Rs 5,500 crore in the banks for the implementation of the scheme in the ensuing Rabi season. The total number of beneficiaries under the scheme are around 55 lakhs.