JAMMU: To review the DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) in fertilisers and usage of POS (Point-of-Sale) devices and dispatch of fertilisers through Release Order Module (ROM) in Jammu division, a meeting was held on Monday here at Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo.
On the occasion, Director Agriculture Jammu, H K Razdan who is also the controller of fertilisers for J&K state said that the objective of the scheme is to get an accurate detail of fertilisers reaching the Point-of-Sale (POS) at wholesale/retailers’ level and the quantity of fertilisers being sold and actually utilised by the farmers.
“Besides bringing transparency in the fertiliser business the new system will ensure that the subsidy of fertilisers reaches to the farmers”, he said. He directed chief agriculture officers to monitor the supply/sale of fertilisers by wholesalers/retailers in their respective districts and to take stern action against those selling the stocks without POS device. He directed them to cancel the licenses of retailers who were selling fertilisers without POS devices. The meeting decided that fertiliser wholesalers would submit the dispatch and sales reports to their respective CAOs on fortnightly bases.
Joint Director Agriculture (Extension), Jammu R L Bhagat stressed on the use of Release Order Module (ROM) in letter and spirit to make the timely availability of fertilisers as per requisition of respective areas. “The non-usage of Point-of-Sale (POS) devices will warrant strict actions from the Law Enforcement Agency of the Agriculture Department,” he said.
Replying to various queries on ROM and POS devices, State Coordinator, DBT-Fertilisers (GoI), Akhil Vaid said that different fertiliser companies have been given targets to ensure installation of POS devices at wholesale and retailer level in different districts.