The Agriculture & Cooperation Department of the Government of Andhra Pradesh offers financial assistance under the “Farmer Suicide Ex-Gratia” program. As part of a rehabilitation program to support the farmers’ families, the programme offers cash assistance of 7,00,000 to the family members of deceased farmers and tenant farmers who commit suicide for agrarian reasons. The failure of bore wells, the raising of commercial crops at high cultivation costs, the absence of remunerative prices, etc. may be the causes of such suicides.
Benefits For Farmer Suicide Ex-Gratia Scheme
- The family members of deceased farmers and tenant farmers who commit suicide for agrarian reasons would receive financial assistance in the amount of 7,00,000.
- The responsibility for handling cases of farmer suicide and providing support to the victims’ relatives shall be assigned to a Point of Contact at the Collector’s office with the rank of Superintendent.
- The family of the dead farmer should receive preferential treatment under other government programs during the rehabilitation process if they qualify.
- Every month, the Collectorate will host a Special Grievance Day for farmers to address all of their concerns, including farmer suicide, distress, government programs, and land issues.
Eligibility Farmer Suicide Ex-Gratia Scheme
- The deceased farmer ought to have had a residence or primary residence in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
- The farmer’s suicide should be the official cause of death.
- Agrarian factors should be cited as the cause of the suicide, such as failure of bore wells, cultivation of commercial crops at a high cost, non-remunerative prices, oral tenancy, and being ineligible for bank loans, private lending with higher interest rates, unfavourable seasonal conditions, and high costs associated with raising children, illness, and marriages.
- The term “farmer” is intended to refer to anyone who makes a significant living from farming, including tenant farmers and women farmers as well as those who own their own property.
- The family of the farmer who passed away shall be the recipient of the financial aid.
Step 1: The District Collector will travel to the scene of the incident with representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Revenue in order to offer moral support and launch any additional necessary action.
Step 2: The Collector and District Magistrate must submit their proposal with precise recommendations for the distribution of financial aid to the legitimate heirs of the farmers who died by suicide, together with the necessary paperwork for the case’s further processing.
Step 3: After carefully reviewing the report provided by the Collector and District Magistrate, the Commissioner and Director of Agriculture will either directly give financial assistance to the legal heirs or return it to the District Collector for reimbursement in the case of a direct release by the District Collector.
Step 4: As soon as the Commissioner and Director of Agriculture receive proposals from the District Collectors, the financial assistance will be delivered directly to the family members of the dead farmer for rehabilitation.
- Residential/Domicile Certificate
- Passport Size Photo
- Ex -gratia proposals with the recommendations of the District Collector (Letter to be addressed to the Special Commissioner of Agriculture by the District Collector)
- Mandal Level and Divisional Level three-member committee report.
- Aadhar Card
- Ration Card
- Death Panchanama
- Post Mortem Report
- Death Certificate
- FIR Copy
- Xerox Copies of the Promissory Notes
- Details of the Legal Heir along with Bank Details duly certified by the Tahsildar for Direct Benefit Transfer.
- If the suicide is committed by a tenant farmer, documentary evidence of the lease such as Revenue Records, or Crop Cultivators Rights Card (CCRC).
FAQ For Farmer Suicide Ex-Gratia Sarkari Yojana
What Is The Maximum Amount Of Financial Assistance That The Family Of The Deceased Farmer Can Receive Through This Scheme?
The scheme provides financial assistance of ₹ 7,00,000 to the family members of the deceased farmers/tenant farmers.
Which Reasons Can Be Considered Agrarian Reasons For Suicide?
The reason agrarian reasons for the suicides can be: Failure of Bore wells, Raising of Commercial crops with a high cost of cultivation, Non-Remunerative Prices, Oral tenancy, ineligibility to avail of Bank Loans, Private lending with higher interest rates, Adverse seasonal conditions, Heavy expenditure incurred towards Children education, ill health, and marriages.
How Is The Term “Farmer” Defined For The Purpose Of This Scheme?
The term “farmer” shall include every person who derives substantial livelihood from farming, not limited to those with title to land, but including tenant farmers and women farmers.
In Whose Bank Account Can The Amount Of The Financial Assistance Be Disbursed?
The beneficiary of the financial assistance should be a family member of the deceased farmer.
What Is The Purpose Of The Helpline In This Scheme?
Any farmer or a friend, relative, family member, or well-wisher may bring to the notice of the Collector, any situation of extreme distress of a farmer or the livelihood of such extreme act by making use of the helpline at the Collectorate. Such information shall be flashed from the Collectorate to Division Office and Mandal office immediately and the RDO and his staff will get in touch with that family immediately and organize appropriate counseling at the District level and work out a package to insulate them from the pressures of money lenders.
Who Can Inform The Collectorate About The Situation Of Extreme Distress Of A Farmer?
Any farmer or a friend, relative, family member, or well-wisher may bring to the notice of the Collector, any situation of extreme distress of a farmer or the livelihood of such extreme act by making use of the helpline at the Collectorate.
What Shall Be The Objective Of The “Special Grievance Day”?
The Special Grievance Day shall be held at the Collectorate once a month for farmers to cover all issues of farmers including farmer suicide, distress, Government schemes, and land issues.
When Was The Government Order Of The Scheme Guidelines First Issued?
The Government Order of the Scheme Guidelines was first issued on 14th October 2019.
What Are The Objectives Of This Scheme?
The objectives of this scheme are to support the family members of the deceased farmers/tenant farmers, who commit suicide due to agrarian reasons.
Who Shall Be The Point Of Contact At The Collector’s Office In Case Of Suicide By A Farmer?
A Point of Contact at the Collector’s office of the rank of Superintendent shall be designated as in charge of farmer suicide cases and assistance to victim families.
How Will The Suicide By The Farmer Affect His/Her Family’s Prioritization For The Government Schemes?
In the process of Rehabilitation, benefits of other Government schemes should be provided on a priority basis to the family members of the deceased farmer as per the eligibility.
By When Is The District Collector Expected To Visit The Place Of Occurrence And For What Purposes?
The District Collector shall visit the place of occurrence along with Agriculture and Revenue department officials to extend moral support and initiate further necessary action.
What Additional Documents Are Required In Case The Suicide Is Committed By A Tenant Farmer?
If the suicide is committed by a tenant farmer, documentary evidence of the lease such as Revenue Records, or Crop Cultivators Rights Card (CCRC).
What Shall Be The Composition Of The Mandal Level Committee?
The Mandal Level Committee shall comprise the following: • Tahsildar : Chairman. • Agricultural Officer: Convener. • Sub-Inspector of Police: Member.
What Shall Be The Composition Of The Division-Level Level Committee?
The Division-level Three Member Committee comprises the following: • R.D.O./Sub Collector: Chairman. • Asst. Director of Agriculture (concerned): Convener. • Deputy Superintendent of Police (concerned): Member.
By When Should The Mandal-Level Committee Furnish Their Preliminary Report To The Divisional Level Committee?
Mandal-level Committee shall visit the place of occurrence of farmer suicide, conduct an inquiry and furnish their preliminary report to the Divisional Level Committee within 24 hours positively.
Which Department Manages This Scheme?
This scheme is managed by the Agriculture & Cooperation Department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.
Is This Scheme A “One Family, One Benefit” Scheme?
No, there is no such mention in the scheme guidelines.
Are There Any Age-Related Criteria For This Scheme?
No, there are no age-related criteria mentioned in the scheme guidelines for this scheme.
Can A Domicile Of Telangana Also Apply To This Scheme?