The recent farmer agitation has brought the issue of farmer distress front and centre in the public consciousness. The time seems ripe to find new solutions to the structural challenges facing farmers. One promising step is the shift from non-targeted agriculture subsidies towards direct income support (DIS). A key question has been on “targeting”, that is, whether one can reach the intended beneficiaries in a cost-effective manner through DIS.
Over the last few years, several DIS programmes have been launched with states leading the charge: Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu and Odisha’s KALIA schemes being two examples, followed by the Centre’s PM-KISAN.
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