Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane Guidelines
Honour’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, in his 2012-13 budget speech, announced the continuation of ‘Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane’ to the current year also, the purpose is to revive 3,97,569 small and marginal farmers. 64,368 scheduled caste and 26,195 scheduled tribe farmer-families are covered in this scheme. In this scheme, a subsidy of Rs.10000 will be given in two instalments to the families of small and marginal farmers who have semi-arid farm holdings, directly through banks and co-operatives. This facility of providing subsidy to the cultivation of crops/ activities having lesser value, is extended to the crops/activities of more value like pulses,Bioenergy crops, horticulture crops and crops grown in wet and saline land,and also to the families engaged in fishery.
1. Eligibility conditions;
Farmers having holdings of less than 5 acres of land are eligible to avail the benefits of the scheme.
Farmers having irrigation sources like open wells, bore wells, lakes and ponds in their farm land are eligible to get the benefits. Farmers coming under the limits of command areas are not able to get the benefit.
Khata of the farm should be in the name of the applicant.
In case of farmers having joint khata of the holding, only one applicant is eligible to get the benefit and this farmer should geta no objection letter from other shareholders.
2. Maximum amount of subsidy:
Rs. 10,000 subsidy in two equal instalments will be given to holdings not exceeding two acres. In case of holdings, less than 2 acres in size, subsidy will be given in accordance with the holding.
3. Contingency Fund and Recruitment of farm facilitators ( FFs):
Having the purpose of effective implementation and monitoring of the programme, 2% of the total amount allotted to the Depts. is reserved as contingency fund for the expenditure on stationery, travelling expenses, honorarium, payment to FFs, evaluation by governmental/non-governmental institutions etc.
4. Farm facilitators (FFs): their recruitment, role and the payment of honorarium:
Since this programme is to be implemented in short term and there is a shortage of area staff in agriculture and other departments, one FF per 300 farmers will be appointed.
FFs will be used for undertaking the activities with regard to publicity of the programme (propaganda), collection of information, selection of beneficiaries, area inspection, monitoring, submitting reports etc.
FFs will assist officials in effective implementation of the programme.
FFs are to be appointed at hobli level offices and they should report to the officers at hobli level.
FFs should be healthy, friendly (amicable), literate, good communicator and also resident of the same hobli.
An honorarium of Rs. 150 should be paid to FFs from the contingency fund and they have to be appointed only for the period of 180 days.
5. List of small and marginal farmers should be made after collecting the relevant information and computerisation of the same.
List of small and marginal farmers who are endorsed by revenue department should be prepared.This list at the hobli level is to be computerised through outsourcing.
Copy of the computerised list should be endorsed (attested) by the revenue Dept. officials.
Attested, computerised copy of the list should be displayed in public places and uploaded on the internet.
Extensive publicity programme about the scheme to be undertaken.
6. Calling for application and receiving:
Under agriculture activities, selecting catagorywise beneficiaries by considering 13,02023 applications (25 districts) which are pending from last year also for the current year, through lottery. In the remaining districts of Bengaluru (nagara-city), Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada, since the applications received were less than the target, new applications are to be invited for the current year like previous year. New time table is to be followed. Format of the previous year applicationis to be followed again. In case of applications exceeding the decided target in each category/type of applications are recieved in any department, beneficiaries are to be selected at taluka level, through lottery. Since no applications are pending from last year with regard to the activities pertaining to horticulture, Bioenergy and fisheries, new applications are to be invited and beneficiaries are to be selected as per the time schedule.
E-compliant applications have 3 sections. First one, being general information section, contains details like serial (order) number, personal details of the farmer, details of the holding, current crop acivities, proposed expenditure, financial resources other than the Govt. subsidy to bear the proposed expenditure, approximate annual income, details of bank account. Second section being the lottery section, contains serial number and personal details of the farmer which are essential for the lottery process. Third section being acknowledgement copy, contains serial number, personal details of the farmer, date, signature and stamp of the official acknowledging the receipt of application. This copy is detached and given to the farmer. These applications are distributed through all Gram Panchayat offices, Raita Samparka Kendras (farmer contact centres) and related departments.
Farmers should attach self declaration (in white paper), self attested xerox copies of RTC(land records) and Xerox copy of the bank passbook with the application.
Filled applications are received only in hobli level Raita Samparka Kendras. At this stage, primary investigation of applications is carried out and corrections are made, if informations are not correct.
At the time of recieving the completed applications in RSKs, a machine printed number specific to the application should be assignedto them and the same should be given to general, lotteryand acknowledgement sections.
Every small and marginal farmer should submit only one application in his/her name. In case of more than one application, those applications will be rejected.
Measures to be taken by the respective departments to make farmers open bank accounts, in case they are not having one.
7. Computerisation, verification and classification of farmers’ details:
Complete information about the farmer provided in the application, should be computerised at hobli level through outsourcing and uploaded on the internet (5 districts).
Varifiying the details given in the application (farmer and the holding) and given by the revenue department.
On the basis of the main activity to be undertaken by the farmer, information should be classified departmentwise.
Classified information to be sent to the respective departments (agriculture, horticulture, fisheries and KSBDB) for implementation.
Receiving applications in uniform format for availing facilities of Bioenergy activity and transfereing the same to KSBDB for selection and monitoring process.
Executing and monitoring the plan with regard to Bioenergy activities, is the responsibility of KSBDB. Farmers not only growing Bioenergy crops along the sides of their field but also interested to grow them in blocks are to be considered under this programme in future.
8. Selection of beneficiaries:
Applications of farmers whose names are mentioned in the list of small and marginal farmers prepared by revenue department will be considered.
Applications should be classified according to the category and type, by the officials of the respective departments.
Giving priority to eligible women applicants. If women applicants are less in number, target can be transferred to men farmers of the same category.
If the number of applicants is exceeding the categorywise/typewise target fixed by the department, beneficiaries will be selected through lottery system. Otherwise, all the applicants will be selected.
The list of selected beneficiaries will be computerised, displayed in public places and uploaded on the internet.
9. Selection procedure of the beneficiaries:
In the selection process, priority will be given to the activities related to agriculture, horticulture, Bioenergy and fisheries respectively.
Taluk is considered as one unit for all the activities (mobilising information, monitoring etc.) while selecting beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries will be selected through lottery, if the number of applications exceeds the target fixed.
Extensive publicity will be done regarding the selection process through lottery (place, date etc.).
Lottery process will be held in the place and on the date which are feasible for the farmers.
Second part of the application (lottery section) will be detached, folded and put into the box.
Dept. officials will select the beneficiaries by drawing the lottery in front of the public.
District Commissioner of the respective district or the officers appointed by him will be monitoring the lottery process.
10. Method of distributing subsidy to the selected beneficiaries:
Subsidy amount will be directly given in two instalments through banks and co-operative institutions.
On the basis of districtwise target Dept. heads will release grants to the districts. District heads will release it to taluka level officers and taluka level officer will transfer the money to the accounts of farmers through bank managers.
11. Payment of first instalment of the subsidy.
The work of releasing money is directly managed by the related Dept.
List of beneficiaries at the taluka level will be classified bankwise and branchwise and the amount needed by each bank and each branch will be determined.
Taluka level officers will distribute cheques branchwise and bankwise.
Respective bank managers should be given cheques along with payment intimation letter containing names of the selected beneficiaries, their address, bank details and the amount to be paid.
As per the payment intimation letter, concerned managers will transfer the money to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
Managers will send a letter to the concerned tehsildars mentioning the names of beneficiaries, bank account number, date and the amount transferred, after transferring the money to the accounts of the beneficiaries.
12. Payment of second instalment of subsidy.
FFs will visit the fields of the beneficiaries every now and then and verify the truths of informations given by the farmers.
FFs will be given a checklist regarding the farm activities currently being undertaken by the beneficiaries and the proposed activities undertaken. Completed checklist should be submitted to the hobli level officers.
Before the release of the second instalment of subsidy, 100% area inspection should be done by related Depts., Dept. officials/ external institutions. 100% inspection to be done by different taluka level officers. At district level, district commissioner and Executive Officer, at taluka level, tehsildar and block executive officer should work in coordination with each other.
Pictures taken using GPS system with regard to the activity chosen by the farmer or the plantation should be updated and only after this kind of documentation, second instalment of subsidy should be given.
Before the release of the second instalment of subsidy, concerned administrative departments should formulate guidelines comprising detailed checklists for releasing second instalment money.
Beneficiaries if changed their farm activity to the proposed crop, then only will be eligible to receive second instalment of money.
The pictures of the farmer and the farm activity undertaken by him should be uploaded in the portal.
Second instalment of the subsidy should be paid in the way as followed in the case of first instalment.
13. Fines to be paid in case of farmers providing wrong information or misusing the subsidy.
If the farmer has given false information in the application, failed to undertake the proposed activity or misused the amount of subsidy given by the Govt. he/she will not be able to get any benefit from the Dept. for the next 3 years, under any scheme.
Important Note: Additional guidelines will be issued by the concerned departments, if necessary. Providing information about the activities of the department and the availability/non-availability of crop assistance.
14. Beneficiaries who have received the first -instalment of subsidy in the year 20112012, but not used the money for designated purposes, misused the money and those who are ineligible for any other reason, will not be eligible for the subsidy in the current year. Such applications are to be rejected.
15. Beneficiaries of subsidy in 2011-2012, under Suvarna Bhoomi programme of any other unit, will not become eligible to get such subsidy again in 2012-2013.
16. Except agriculture, in all other activities like horticulture, fisheries, beekeeping and Bioenergy, publicity about the programme, distribution of applications and receiving the filled ones, have to be managed through the respective departments.