Is DBT the solution for agri subsidy transfers? There is no direct answer

In India, farmers receive subsidised supply of inputs as agriculture subsidies and the difference between the actual cost of supplying and the price paid by the farmers is reimbursed to the suppliers

Agriculture, farming

Photographer: (Bloomberg)

Sanjeeb Mukherjee New Delhi
Recently, when a group of farmers and agriculture sector experts met with the finance minister for the annual pre-budget meeting, one striking point was the demand for the transfer of major input subsidies through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode, which many favoured as a way out in controlling fiscal slippages.
The demand was also relevant in view of the long and persistent problem of administering inputs subsidies directly to the beneficiaries rather than routing them through intermediaries.

First Published: Nov 29 2022 | 07:30 AM IST

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