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CCEA nod for extension of urea subsidy till 2020

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government today approved a proposal to extend urea till 2020 and also implementation of (DBT) for disbursement of fertiliser

Urea is made available to farmers at a statutorily controlled price of Rs 5,360 per tonne. The difference between the delivered cost of the fertiliser at farm gate and MRP is given as to manufacturers.

Urea subsidy is projected to be Rs 45,000 crore for the 2018-19 fiscal, as against Rs 42,748 crore for this year.

"The continuation of the urea subsidy scheme will ensure adequate quantity of urea is made available to the farmers at statutory controlled price," an official release said after the meeting of (CCEA).

The urea subsidy has been extended for three years till 2020 at a total estimated cost of Rs 1,64,935 crore, it added.

Normally, the takes approval for the urea subsidy subsidy on an yearly basis, but this time has received clearance for three years.

The CCEA has also approved implementation of (DBT) for disbursement of fertiliser subsidy in order to reduce diversion and plug the leakages.

In the statement, the government said it is in the process to roll out in fertiliser sector nationwide. would entail 100 per cent payment to fertiliser companies.

Therefore, continuation of the Urea Subsidy Scheme will facilitate the smooth implementation of scheme in fertiliser sector, it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 21:00 IST