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Punjab contemplates to disburse debt relief through DBT to farmers

(Financial Commissioners reviews progress of debt relief scheme)

Chandigarh December 19: Aiming to provide quick and transparent disbursement of debt relief to state farmers the Punjab government is intending to provide monetary assistance to beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer or RTGS into their bank accounts.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the state cooperative department said the state government would provide debt relief to marginal farmers having agricultural land less than 2.5 acres and 5 acres as promised by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to bring prosperity back to the farmers. "In first phase total 3,20,395 cases of beneficiaries have been selected under the scheme and Sangrur district tops in the list with 34,409 cases whereas 772 cases were reported from Pathankot district", he added.

          He further informed that Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner Co-operation DP Reddy and Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner Revenue Vini Mahajan and Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Financial Commissioner Development Viswajeet Khanna, today held a review meeting through video conference with all deputy commissioners and other concerned district level officers in this regard. He said the DCs have been asked to get speedy approval of cases from the concerned SDMs as well as other revenue officers as the state government may consider launching this scheme in the first week of January.

          The Spokesperson added that the cooperative department has developed software for transparent disbursal of debt relief and asked all its field officers to upload the all relevant information of the beneficiaries seeding it with Aadhar card UID numbers. He said that next review meeting would be held very soon for submission of approved lists of beneficiaries.