GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – The State government is working on streamlining the system for distribution of tractors under the Chief Ministers Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) and removing the shortcomings that have been identified under the scheme.In a reply during the Question Hour at the Legislative Assembly today, Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said that as per recommendations of a high-powered committee formed by the State government and following deliberations at the Cabinet, some changes are being work out as far as modalities of the CMSGUY is concerned.
As soon as this work gets over, selected farmers groups will be provided the facility to procure tractors and ancillary components as is laid out in the scheme, he said.
Bora said that some shortcomings were noticed in the allotment process of tractors to the farmers and the high-power committee was formed to suggest remedies. He said that the Cabinet has now recommended certain models of tractors and the entire process of procurement will be by competitive bidding and farmers will get the brand of their own choice.
However, the farmers groups will not be able to sell or lease out the tractors for a period of five years.
Bora added that the government will keep a sharp eye to ensure that there are no discrepancy or flouting of norms in allotment of tractors to the beneficiaries.
In a written reply to another question, the minister said that a total of 25,007 applications have been received from 22,634 villages under the scheme. From certain villages, more than one application has been received for tractors.
Altogether 10,134 farmers groups have been selected for distribution of tractors in the first phase.
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