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Government Initiates Fertiliser Subsidy Transfer Straight to Farmer's Account
New Delhi: The government has introduced three latest technology initiatives to transfer Rs. 70,000-crore fertiliser subsidy straight to bank accounts of farmers. These initiatives include a dashboard with information of fertiliser supply, availability and requirement at domestic, state and district level; advanced version of the point of sale (PoS) software, and a desktop version of PoS. "The new initiatives will certainly ensure improvement in our effort to reach out to the farmers. This will lead to transparency in the fertiliser sector," Fertiliser Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda said after the launch of DBT 2.0. The state has been able to decrease fertiliser leakage and black marketing because of the DBT, he said. The second-phase initiatives strive to further improve the DBT scheme, Gowda said, adding that few more initiatives will be taken in the coming months. To enhance PoS activities, 13 versions of PoS software have been released so far. PoS are installed in 2.24 lakh retail fertiliser shops in the country. To address the operational challenges of PoS machines, the Secretary said the desktop PoS version has been developed as an "alternative or added facility' to the existing PoS devices. Retailers with laptops and computer systems can use high-speed broadband service for fertiliser sales. The desktop software is more robust and secure, he said. The Centre bears over Rs. 70,000 crores annually as fertiliser subsidy to give cheaper farm nutrient to farmers. Source: Pudhari, July 11, 2019
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