Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao made it abundantly clear and emphasised that, the Rythu Bandhu scheme is meant to provide investment for crops to the farmers but not at all meant for tenant farmers. He said that, this is ‘Rythu Bandhu Scheme’ and certainly not ‘Tenant Rythu Bandhu’ Scheme.
The CM said that, none of the lease holders would become property owners under any circumstances. “While this is the case as far as every property is concerned, why should it be made applicable for farmers and put to them in trouble” CM KCR questioned.
The CM said that it is meaningless to demand that the Rythu Bandhu Scheme should be made applicable to tenant farmers and said that the argument is against all legal norms. The Chief Minister held a high-level review meeting on Saturday in Pragathi Bhavan on the implementation of Rythu Bandhu scheme. Chief Advisor to Government Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi, Principal Secretaries S.Narsing Rao, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Parthasaradhi, Law Secretary Niranjan Rao, Additional Advocate General Ramchander Rao, Agriculture Commissioner Jagan Mohan, CMO Secretaries Smita Sabarwal, Bhoopal Reddy and others participated in the meeting.
“The government is implementing the Rythu Bandhu scheme aiming at extending investment support of Rs. 8000 per acre to all the farmers in the state. This scheme is made applicable to every farmer without any discrimination. The Government has taken a policy decision for investment support to farmer for agriculture. Rs. 12,000 Crore have been allocated in the budget and the state assembly has appropriated this. Accordingly, every farmer recognised by the government as the one who has ownership rights on the land gets the investment support. No one can find fault for this. However, some persons are demanding that the tenant should also be extended investment support. This demand is meaningless and there is no legality in this. The reason is there cannot be a clarity as to who is a tenant farmer. The government is also not having details of tenant farmers. No where in the official records there is a mention about details of Tenant farmers.” KCR Said.
“ Legally this is not acceptable. If money is paid from government treasury to any one who has no right on the land it becomes a fault. If the Government commits such mistake then it could be questioned. When everything is going smoothly and legally its not right and proper to find fault with the government. Infact, no farmer gives in writing his land for lease and in such a case it is difficult to identify the exact tenant farmer. Hence the Rythu Bandhu scheme is absolutely for the farmer who is the owner of the land. It is impossible to agree the demand of some people to extend Investment support to the tenant farmer ” KCR clarified.