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Centre launches fertiliser DBT 2.0 initiatives
Jul 11, 2019

The Centre Wednesday launched three new technology initiatives to transfer over Rs 70,000-crore fertiliser subsidy directly to farmers' bank accounts. 
These initiatives are -- a dashboard with details of fertiliser supply, availability and requirement at national, state and district level; advanced version of point of sale (PoS) software and a desktop PoS version. 
These are part of the government's effort to transfer the fertiliser subsidy directly to farmers' bank accounts in the second phase of direct benefit transfer (DBT). 
In October 2017, the first phase of fertiliser DBT was rolled out, under which subsidy is being transferred to companies after checking retail sales data captured through the PoS machines. 
The new initiatives will certainly ensure improvement in our effort to reach out to the farmers. This will lead to transparency in the fertiliser sector, Fertiliser Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said after the launch of DBT 2.0. 
The government has been able to curb leakage and black marketing of fertilisers because of the DBT, he said.