Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY)
RKVY- “eligibility criteria” to be de-linked for Special Category
States like Tripura.
Tripura is one of the Special Category States having very limited
resource base. As the allocation under RKVY is linked to increased
allocation by the State for Agri. and allied sectors under State
Plan both in percentage terms and in absolute terms, the State is
likely to suffer as it would not be able to make increased
investments in the light of the resource crunch being faced by the
State. This is more acute after the 13th Finance Commission
recommendations, where the State Government has been awarded less
allocation than that of the requirement.
According to the existing norms of the Planning Commission, one of
the eligibility criteria for allocation of RKVY funds have been
linked with the increase in the total Plan expenditure in
Agriculture And Allied Sectors in the previous year over the year
prior to that year, which has badly affected the states like
Tripura. Fluctuation/uncertainty in allotment of RKVY funds mainly
due to the imposition of “eligibility criteria” has been generated
as one of the barriers in aiming a continuous development Plan for
the Primary Sector.
There should not be a common eligibility conditions for all the
states. Planning Commission may consider de-linking the above
condition for allocating the funds under RKVY for the Special
Category States like Tripura (as it is done in case of NFSM – States
and Green Revolution for Eastern India Programme).