Odisha Fertilizer Subsidy Scheme 2018 – Direct Benefit Transfer in Odisha from 1 February 2018

Published Date - 05 March 2018 05:39:30 Updated Date - 05 March 2018 05:40:27

The state government of Odisha has announced a direct transfer benefit to be provided to the beneficiaries within the state. The new initiative is termed as direct transfer benefit for beneficiaries. It is a type of fertilizer transfer benefit scheme for beneficiary. The new implementation has been delayed on certain accounts by state government.

Earlier the state govt. plan was to start DBT for subsidy on fertilizers on 1 January 2018. However, Point of Sale (PoS) devices were not delivered to the retailers on time. So the agricultural department delays this scheme for about a month.

The state govt. is going to launch this scheme through PoS machines on the shops of retailers. This scheme will ensure transparency in the distribution of fertilizers to the selected beneficiaries. This scheme will save a large amount of the government. Central government spends Rs. 70,000 crore per annum towards fertilizers.


Revised launch details

  • According to the new sources and statements, the scheme will now be applicable for academic year 2017 only after arrival of New Year (one month later).
  • The state government has announced that the new scheme will be implemented by Jan 1st 2018 within the state jurisdiction.
  • According to new and latest reports the scheme will now be functional for beneficiaries by Feb 1st

Objectives of Fertilizer Subsidy Scheme

The main objectives of this scheme are as follows:-

  • The primary objective of the Fertilizer Subsidy Scheme is to ensure transparency for the sale of subsidized fertilizers.
  • For this reason, all the retailers must record the details of all the transactions in their PoS devices.
  • This Subsidy Scheme will restrict the illegal flow of fertilizers to the industries.
  • Moreover the state govt. is going to save a large amount of money towards subsidy.

Implementation of DBT Transfer

Beneficiaries have to verify their identity through bio-metric authentication (Aadhar based). Subsequently, all the details of the buyers of the fertilizers will get captured in retailer PoS devices.

DBT Cell, Dept. of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers will ensure that all the given Point of Sale Machines which consists of latest S/W. In addition to this, retailers will have to update their stock book to enroll for the DBT Scheme.

Reason for Delay in Fertilizer Subsidy Scheme

The state govt. has delayed the start of this scheme from 1st Jan 2018 to 1 Feb 2018 due to following reasons:-
— Agricultural Dept. has selected total 11,680 retailers for sale of fertilizers out of which 6,174 retailers receives their machines.
— Govt. will implement this scheme only after the equipment of PoS devices on all retail shops and opening of bank account of farmers.
— Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society (PACS) and Large Area Multi Purpose Cooperatives Societies (LAMPS) were to distribute chemical fertilizers.
— However, cooperation dept. has provided PoS machines to only 913 societies till date.

Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers will provide the remaining PoS machines to the retailers. Moreover it will take time to create the Retailer ID and to install the software. Accordingly, the state govt. will implement this scheme from 1 February 2018.


Key features

  • According to the latest updates from the local government, the scheme will help benefit agricultural department for getting fertilizes at subsidy cost.
  • The government has so far identified over 11680 retailers who can benefit under the scheme.
  • These retailers will benefit for the sales of fertilizers within the state to local farmers in the form of POC devices to around 6174 retailers within the state.
  • The state government will also set up a committee for selling nutrients chemical based to societies that are agricultural based and under regulations of cooperative societies (PACS).
  • It will also focus on covering multi-purpose societies covering large areas including (LAMPS).
  • At present according to stats only 913 societies are fully equipped with PoS equipments and services.
  • With an objective to implement the scheme and PoS services, the state government will try and connect all retailers with the existing system of PoS.
  • Each retailer will be provided with PoS devices at their end and each of the farmers linked with PoS device is lined with bank accounts.
  • All other retailers who have not yet been supplied with PoS devices will be covered by the state government by February 1st
  • It is also important that each of the beneficiaries will have to provide with their Aadhar card details for verification under the scheme.
  • It is important that for verification process the biometrics should be verified for each of the registered candidate.
  • It is also certain that each of the devices that has been included by the state government has been updated with latest version of the software for effective usage.
  • With the new implementation of the new scheme the state government aims at improving the transparency within the fertilizer sector sale.

It is obvious that the government aims at keeping a record of each transaction for sales under fertilizer sector to retailers. It will help in eliminating the misuse of fertilizers.



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