STATE TIMES NEWSKATHUA: District Development Commissioner, Kathua, Dr. Raghav Langer today reviewed the implementation of several centrally sponsored flagship programmes including PM-KISAN, KCC, PM-FBY, Soil Health Card and Agriculture Development activities. Chief Agriculture Officer presented a detailed profile of the agriculture sector in the district and informed that a total of 61,815 farmers were covered under PM-KISAN scheme and 9,880 new farmers were also enrolled under this scheme. He also informed that online updating of left-over beneficiaries will be completed at the earliest. The DDC also reviewed the progress made in three Sub Divisions, Dyala Chak, Basohli and Billawar in implementing PM-KISAN scheme. He directed the SDAOs to identify the duplication of farmers` detail and rectify the errors and omissions. Status of first and second installments received by the farmers was also sought by the DDC from the concerned officers. The DDC further directed the SDAOs for online updating of all the eligible beneficiaries under PM-KISAN by the end of August for accruing benefits under this scheme. For maximum coverage under Kissan Credit Card (KCC) scheme, the DDC directed the CAO to hold special camps in cluster approach in collaboration with service bank branches within a month period to generate awareness among farmers regarding benefits of this scheme. The DDC asked the concerned officers to conduct a survey regarding activation of KCC cards of eligible farmers and further directed them to distribute the active KCC cards on mission mode and rope in banks to accomplish the task. Under PM-FBY, reporting time of crop loss by the farmers and claim settlement issues were also discussed threadbare. The DDC constituted a committee comprising CAO, SDAOs of 3 Sub Division and Lead Bank Manager (LBM) to find out the number of rejected cases of last four cropping seasons and directed them to furnish the report to his office. ACD, Sukhpal Singh, CPO, Uttam Singh, AEOs, Assistant Soil Conservation Officer, Assistant Soil Chemist, Representative of Crop Insurance Company and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
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