Asks officers to strictly adhere to instructions for timely roll out
JAMMU: To review the implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilisers, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura convened a meeting here on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Additional Secretary, Department of Fertilisers Government of India, Dharam Pal, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production department, Mohammad Afzal, Secretary Agriculture Production Showket Ahmad Beig, Director Agriculture Jammu, H K Razdan, Director Law Enforcement and other senior officers of the department.
The meeting had a detailed review of preparedness of agriculture department, fertiliser companies, wholesalers and the retailers to Go-live for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilisers from 1st February 2018, the deadline fixed by Government of India for the state, an offical handout read.
According to the handout, the minister had a comprehensive deliberation on the aims, objectives, scope and nature of projects being implemented by the department under the scheme. Besides, various proceedings including requirement of fertilisers for upcoming Rabi and Kharief seasons, availability of fertilisers, details of retail fertiliser dealers and installation of Point of Sale machines (POS) were also discussed thoroughly.
The minister was informed that all the disbursements and expenditures were being performed through the system at all the levels. For making the proceedings more transparent, credible and farmer-friendly the subsidies provided to the farmers under different schemes were directly transferred to their bank accounts, the handout read.
Hanjura stressed upon the officers and the fertiliser supplying companies to “strictly adhere to the deadlines and guidelines to ensure transparency in public dealings and to curb mismanagement”. He said, “Introduction of Point of sale (POS) machines will give a clear picture of fertiliser supplies in the state.”
He directed the officers to gear up the extension machinery to ensure that the instructions were adhered to by all the concerned in all districts for smooth roll out of DBT in the state.
The minister instructed the fertiliser companies to take up the issue of proper fertiliser stocking at Udhampur Rake Point with the railway authorities and the railway out agency concerned and asked the enforcement agency to curb the movement and sale of damaged bags to the retailers or the farmers.
He emphasised that the assistance envisaged under various schemes be actually provided to farmers and should be put in public domain, so that the rightful claimants get the benefits in time. He insisted on proper identification of beneficiaries and rational allocation of targets for equitable development of areas, the handout further read.
The minister stressed upon the officers to “conduct administrative inspections, hear public grievances, hold timely DPCs and maintain strict financial discipline and Aadhaar Based Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to beneficiaries of all the schemes under implementation”. He also directed the officers for monitoring punctuality in all the offices besides ensuring installation of Aadhaar Based Biometric Attendance System.
He called for convergence among all allied departments so that the physical and financial resources were utilised judiciously. He directed all the HODs to conduct pending DPCs at the earliest so that the rightful claimants were promoted, the handout added.