Karnataka government uses Aadhaar to transfer subsidy to one million farmers

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The Karnataka government recently credited subsidy of Rs 671 crore to the bank accounts of 9.68 lakh farmers whose kharif crops were devastated due to the severe drought in this fiscal.

“In addition to Rs 450 crore from the central government, the state government released Rs 221 crore as compensation to farmers for the loss of the kharif crop in 2016-17 due to drought,” said Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Reportedly, the subsidy amount was transferred directly into the farmers’ accounts from the state treasury account under the ‘Parihara’ programme, using in-house software.

The subsidy was transferred to about one million farmers by using their Aadhaar IDs, reported the Business Standard.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who launched Parihara, the programme of direct benefit transfer (DBT) to farmers at Vidhana Soudha, said his government’s unique initiative, making wide use of technology, ensures the subsidies reach the targeted individuals.

 

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