NATIONAL INFORMATICS CENTRE KOTTAYAM, KERALA Inauguration of Direct Benefit Transfer for Fertilizers On 10/10/2017

Inauguration of ‘DBT for Fertilizers’ Project was held on 10/10/2017 at Collectorate Conference Hall, Kottayam. Smt. K. Meena, Dy. Director Agriculture welcomed the gathering. Dr. B.S. Thirumeni IAS, District Collector, Kottayam inaugurated the Project. Smt. Suma Philip, Principal Agriculture Officer and Smt. Beena Ciril Podipara, DIO, NIC explained the Project. With pilot districts indicating success, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of fertilizer subsidy will be introduced in Kottayam soon. Point of Sale (PoS) machines which will capture details of the farmer, the retailer and the transaction have been deployed. Fertilizers—especially imported ones like potash—can be very costly and farmers may not be able to make heavy up-front payments. Hence, under DBT, farmers will continue to buy subsidized fertilizer from the retailer, and all details of the transaction will be electronically recorded. The Government will directly reimburse the fertilizer manufacturer a day or two later. The digital trail will ensure the fertilizer reaches the right person.

Shri. M Anil Raghavan, Dy General Manager, FACT delivered the key note address and Shri. B. Arun Kumar, Assistant Manager, FACT Palakkad took class on POS Machine and DBT. Vote of thanks was delivered by Shri. M.S Pradeep, Zonal Manager, FACT, South Kerala.