Cabinet contemplates Rythu Raksha scheme

As the general elections are fast approaching, the State Cabinet is likely to roll out Rythu Raksha scheme, on the lines of Rythu Bandhu being implemented in Telangana, for providing input assistance to farmers at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per acre. It was discussing the modalities till late in the night. It has also contemplated providing cellphones to all DWCRA group members and credit Rs. 10,000 into the bank account of each member of the thrift groups, but has not given its final nod yet. This scheme is expected to benefit 94 lakh DWCRA members in the State. Briefing mediapersons, Information and Public Relations and Rural Housing Minister Kalava Srinivasulu said the Cabinet resolved to abolish life tax paid on autos and tractors. With this, the tax need not be paid except at the time of purchase of the vehicles. This will benefit 9.79 lakh owners (farmers and self-employed youth) of autorickshaws and tractors. The government would incur a loss of Rs. 66.50 crore in the first year and Rs. 54 crore per annum thereafter.

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