Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertilizer Sector, released to companies

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New Delhi, Direct Benefit Transfer: Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Shri Mansukh L. Mandaviya, in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today, said that the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) being implemented in fertilizer subsidy payment is slightly different from the normal DBT being implemented in LPG subsidy. The Minister informed that under the DBT in fertilizer sector, the subsidy will be released to the fertilizer companies instead of the beneficiaries, after the sale is made by the retailers to the beneficiaries.

Shri Mandaviya further explained that at present direct transfer of subsidy to beneficiaries like in LPG cannot be introduced in fertilizer sector as the beneficiaries and their entitlement is not clearly defined.  Multiple subsidized products, urea and 21 grades of Phosphatic & Potassic fertilizers have different subsidy rates. The subsidy rate in respect of urea varies from company to company due to different production processes, energy efficiencies of plants, vintage etc. As the amount of subsidy in some fertilizers, particularly urea is more than double the MRP, it will be a huge financial burden on the farmers to pay the MRP and subsidy upfront and receive the subsidy amount subsequently, he added.

 

The Minister informed that the pilot project to introduce DBT in Fertilizer Sector has been undertaken in 16 districts as given below:

 

Sl. No.

District

State

1.

Una

Himachal Pradesh

2.

Kishanganj

Bihar

3.

Hoshangabad

Madhya Pradesh

4.

Karnal

Haryana

5.

Kurukshetra

6.

Kannur

Kerala

7.

Nasik

Maharashtra

8.

Raigarh

9.

Tumkur

Karnataka

10.

Rangareddy

Telengana

11.

Krishna

Andhra Pradesh

12.

West Godavari

13.

Maldah

West Bengal

14.

South 24 paraganas

15.

Narmada

Gujarat

16.

Pali

Rajasthan



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