To introduce the direct benefit transfer scheme for subsidised fertilisers from December 1, the district administration organised a training session for retail dealers and officials of the cooperative department here today.
Inaugurating the session, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Jasbir Singh said the direct benefit transfer scheme had been introduced to prevent the diversion of subsidised fertilisers for the industrial use.
He said the scheme would safeguard the interests of farmers by keeping a check on the pilferage of subsidies meant for farmers.
Jasbir Singh said the scheme would be implemented through point-of-sale (PoS) machines.
He added that these machines would capture the sales data, including the identity of the farmer and quantity of fertilisers purchased by him.
The ADC said the farmers would need to carry their Aadhaar card while purchasing the fertilisers.
He added that the farmers could opt for any mode of payment for the purchase of subsidised fertilisers through these machines.
The ADC said the training session’s objective was to enhance the expertise of retail dealers and officers of cooperative societies to handle these machines.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Balwinder Singh Chhina said the scheme would not put any impact on the price of fertilisers.
He added that the farmers would get fertilisers at prevalent subsidised rates.
Dr Chhina said the scheme was fully in farmers’ interest, adding that the farmers must cooperate them in making the scheme a success.
Dr Chhina also asked the farmers to not get swayed by the malicious propaganda regarding the scheme on social media as it was totally irrational and irrelevant.