Question- Which the following statements regarding Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA) is not correct?
A. PM-AASHA will insure the assurance of MSP to the farmers.
B. PM-AASHA has provision for crop price (MSP) compensation.
C. CCEA has recommended for this initiative.
D. Government has sanctioned more than 15,000 crore for the scheme.
- Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA) is the umbrella scheme approved by cabinet, on the recommendation of commission for agricultural costs and prices (CACP).
It has three sub-schemes
- Price Support Scheme (PSS):
- Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS): As the name suggests the farmer will get the compensation amount in case of getting less price than MSP.
- Private Procurement & Stockiest Scheme (PPSS): Here private players has get a participation in crop procurement process on pilot basis.
Madhya Pradesh had implemented such a scheme – the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojna (BBY) – on a pilot basis during last year’s kharif season to safeguard farmers from price fluctuations.
- Several others pro-farmers schemes have also been implemented as Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Pradhan Manti Krishi Sinchai Yojna, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna and distribution of Soil Heath Card. To fulfill the commitment to increase the annadata’s (farmer) income; therefore government has declared increase in MSP by 1.5 times for kharif season.
PSS, PDPS AND PPSS-
- PM-AASHA has mandated the states to choose from one of the above scheme. If a farmer gets fewer prices than MSP for his crop, then state government will ensure the compensation through these schemes
- Existing schemes are there for paddy and wheat and coarse grains run by department of food and public distribution (DFPD) and cotton and jute are covered by ministry of textiles. Pulses, oilseeds and copra are the crops which have been included in the scheme.
Commission for agricultural costs and prices (CACP):
- CACP is a decentralized agency of the government of India, attached with ministry of agriculture and farmer welfare. CACP was established in 1985 to maintain and recommend the minimum support price (minimum price for any crop at which government procure that crop).
By Ramayan Upadhyay