Hon’ble Minister Shri L.N. Sharma officially launched Input Assistance (Subsidy) Distribution Management System using Mobile Application

Gangtok, 18 July (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Food Security and Agriculture Development, Horticulture and Cash Crops Development, Animal Husbandry, Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services, Information and Public Relations and Printings Departments, Shri Lok Nath Sharma, officially launched Input Assistance (Subsidy) Distribution Management System using Mobile Application under Mission Organic Value Chain Development for North Eastern Region (MOVCD- NER) Scheme at the conference hall of Krishi Bhawan, Tadong today. The programme will initially be implemented in the North District.

Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma congratulated the technical team on behalf of the state government and the Hon’ble Chief Minister for preparing a simplified mobile application to strengthen input assistance (Subsidy) Distribution system. He stressed to ensure benefits to the deserving beneficiaries who are truly interested to generate better output and further instructed to finalise list of beneficiaries of North Sikkim within a week.

Addressing the officials and representatives from Farmers Producer Organisations (FPO), the Minister showed his keen interest to adopt the programme in others three districts as well. He also drew lights on the responsibilities of concerned officials for proper implementation of the programme in practice.

He instructed concerned department to develop technical mechanism to ensure maintenance of data of beneficiaries on the same day of the programme which should be digitally accessible and transparent to the public.

Speaking in the context of production, he expressed deep concern over the diminishing agricultural production and said that the recorded data in official file is does not match up with the field report in terms of production. Further, he urged officials to collect authenticated information on actual quantity of production to avoid any kind of confusion in public domain.

The Minister also assured to address the various banking related constraints being faced by the farmers through a high level meeting to be chaired by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim in near future.

He informed that a total of one hundred sixty eight (168) beneficiaries will be awarded vermicompost and instructed for strict monitoring in execution of work pertaining to it.

The Minister also directed the officials to provide training programme to the departmental employees appointed under One Family One Job scheme and advised them to issue directives for proper utilisation of availed manpower. He also came out with a suggestion to collect production of farmers from their locality to minimise their marketing challenges.

In his concluding remarks, Hon’ble Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma expressed thankfulness to the departmental employees for their cooperation and anticipated continuous support with utmost sincerity.

Secretary, Food Security & Agriculture Development, Shri Khorlo Bhutia, articulated on entire exercise executed for the preparation of new application to avoid misuse of funds. He urged officials to come forward to get acquainted with digital orientated method in the system. He also clarified that the beneficiaries have been selected by the department and FPO is an agency selected for distribution only.

Additional Director, Accounts Horticulture and Cash Crops Development Department, Mr. Mahendra Pradhan, underlined the concept and technical aspects of Direct Benefit Transfer. He also informed that the newly designed system is simplified technically which is to be used by retail outlet.

During his elaboration, he said that with the launching of the programme there will be convenience for farmers to receive input assistance under the guidance of concerned FPO in filling up Farmers Identification Number (FIN), authentication of OTP that eventually benefits farmers and also control leakage, unnecessary expenditure and time consumption. FPOs need to have an Android mobile while farmers can send or receive SMS through any type of mobile, he said.

Representative from IndusInd Bank, Shri Sadananda Ojha, highlighted about the various steps involved in execution of Direct Benefit Transfer from the source to the farmers through banking procedure.

The meeting also had an active interactive session wherein Secretary, Horticulture and Cash Crops Development Department, Shri D.K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr. S. Anbalagan, Senior Officials and the participants came out with their invaluable inputs and suggestions.

The programme began with the welcome address proposed by Chief Executive Officer, Sikkim Organic Mission, Dr. S. Anbalagan.

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