Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan

Written By Gautham Krishna   | Published on April 10, 2019

Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA) scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce.

Components of PM-AASHA scheme

Components of the Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan scheme are the following.

  • Price Support Scheme (PSS),

  • Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS)

  • Pilot of Private Procurement & Stockist Scheme (PPPS)

Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan

Price Support Scheme (PSS)

  • Under the PSS, Central nodal agencies will procure pulses, oilseeds and crops with proactive role of state governments.

  • The Food corporation of India (FCI) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) will help implement the scheme.

  • The procurement expenditure and losses due to procurement will be borne by Central Government as per norms.

  • The government will procure 25% of the marketable surplus of farmers for eligible crops.

  • The Centre has made a provision of about Rs 16,000 crores to be provided as bank guarantee for the agencies to procure from farmers.

Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS)

  • Under the PDPS, the state will provide the difference between the prices prevailing in mandis and the MSP.

  • All oil-seeds are to be covered under PDPS.

  • There will be no physical procurement of crops.

Private Procurement and Stockist Scheme (PPPS)

  • In lieu of PSS and PDPS, in certain pilot districts, the PPPS will be tried out.

  • Private agencies will procure oilseeds in coordination with the government.

  • The selected private agency shall procure the commodity at Minimum Support Price (MSP) in the notified markets during the notified period from the registered farmers in consonance with the PPSS Guidelines, whenever the prices in the market fall below the notified MSP and whenever authorized by the state/UT government.

Importance of PM-AASHA scheme

Government of India is working with the holistic approach of solving any issue rather than in fragments. Increasing MSP is not adequate and it is more important that farmers should get full benefit of the announced MSP. For this, government realizes that it is essential that if price of the agriculture produce market is less than MSP, then in that case State Government and Central Government should purchase either at MSP or work in a manner to provide MSP for the farmers through some other mechanism. With this approach, Cabinet has approved the Umbrella Scheme of PM-AASHA with three sub-schemes i.e. Price Support Scheme (PSS), Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS) and pilot of Private Procurement & Stockist Scheme (PDPS).

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