‘Direct Benefit Transfer in fertiliser sector soon’

‘Direct Benefit Transfer in fertiliser sector soon’
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SRINAGAR: Licence of any retailer, failing to install Point of Sale (POS) machine, will be cancelled with immediate effect if sale of all fertilisers to farmers or buyers is not made through the POS devices installed at each retailer shop. The beneficiaries will be identified through documents like Kissan Card, Aadhar Card and Voter Identity Card.
This was stated by Joint Director Agriculture Extension, Abdul Rahim Samoon on Saturday in a meeting of officers of the department and representatives of different fertiliser companies, convened to review the progress of distribution of Point of Sale devices to the retailers of different districts of Kashmir division, to Go-live for “Direct Benefit Transfer” (DBT) in fertiliser sector and availability of different kinds of chemical fertilisers to the farming community, an official handout read.
According to the handout, Joint Director Agriculture impressed upon the representatives of fertiliser companies, that department is committed to uphold the quality standards of fertilisers and no laxity in this regard can be tolerated. He said the companies or distributors if found violating set norms would be legally dealt with.
While talking about Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Joint Director said that, the subsidies were directly transferred to beneficiaries through their bank accounts, to make the transactions transparent.
About 53% of “Point of Sale” devices have been installed across the Kashmir division for the roll out of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for fertiliser subsidies. The process of installation of POS devices is in progress and would be achieved very soon, the handout read.
In order to ensure the distribution of quality chemical fertilisers to the farming community, “collect samples of different kinds of fertilisers from all the districts of the division and submit them for analyses,” Samoon directed the law enforcement agencies.
He assured of all support and cooperation from the department during the entire POS installation and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertiliser sector, the handout added.

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