Civil Supplies Commissioner Kona Sasidhar of Andra Pradesh said food grains worth rupees 1,637 crore have been procured until now and rupees 200 crore funds will be paid to farmers on Saturday.
While explaining the delay in payment, Sasidhar said that the Centre releases funds prior to grain procurement season which has been delayed, this lead to farmers not receiving the funds.
The commissioner said, "Even then, the civil supplies department managed Rs 1,637 crore from the state government to pay the farmers."
He added, the Centre has to release about rupees 3300 crore, out of which rupees 1200 crore will be given to the State on Monday for the first quarter of the year 2021-22.
He further added that considering the shortage in funds, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy released rupees 500 crore to avoid hardships to the farmers, out of which rupees 300 crore were paid to the farmers recently.
Lastly, Sasidhar added dues amounting to Rs 996 crore from the government in the past will also be paid to farmers and food grains procurement will be taken forward.