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• Title : Central Sector Scheme on Transport Subsidy for the movement of Seeds to the North-Eastern States, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Hill Areas of West Bengal.
• Types : Central Sector
• Objectives : To ensure supply of seeds to the farmers in time at reasonable prices in the identified States.
• Salient features : 1. To subsidise the cost of transportation of seeds required by the farmers in the North Eastern States, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttaranchal and; Hill Areas of West Bengal so as to make seed available at reasonable rate as prevailing in other parts of the country. 2. To make available seed well in time before sowing season to the farmers in above areas.
• Pattern of Assistance : 1. Reimbursement of 100% difference between rail/road transport charges for seed moved from outside the state to implementing agencies. 2. Actual cost of transportation of seed subject to maximum limit of Rs.60/quintal whichever is less is reimbursed for movement of certified seed within the states from state capital/district HQs of these States to sale outlets/sale counters.
• Eligibility : Government organisations/public sector agencies/ agencies identified by the respective State Government.
• Procedures to apply : State Governments/Public Sector agencies/ agencies identified by State Governments furnish the proposal based on the approved norms of the scheme.
• Person to be contacted : The Joint Secretary Seeds Division , Department Agriculture and Cooperation Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
• Date of Start/duration: Original Scheme is in operation since 1986-87. However, the modified scheme is in operation from 1998-99.
• Implementation Status : Originally this scheme was meant for North-Eastern States including Sikkim. However, from 1998-99, it has been extended to other States like H.P., J&K, uttaranchal and Hill areas of West Bengal.
• Additional information : Scheme is applicable only for movement of certified seed of cereal, oilseed, pulses, fibre, vegetable excluding potato & spices.