LAHORE: Under the Green Tractor Scheme, the city district government conducted balloting to give subsidised tractors to 790 persons in Lahore quota through computerised lucky draw at a ceremony held at Al-Hamra Hall.
A total of 1,779 applications were received in Lahore district, out of which 1,387 were announced eligible for balloting and finally 790 persons were selected through computerised lucky draw for the award of subsidised tractors.
Surprisingly, the Punjab government has not planned to conduct any special ceremony to give tractors to lucky winners rather they would be given keys by the District Coordination Officer (DCO) office in a very simple manner. Under the rural employment scheme, the Punjab government has announced to distribute a total 20,000 tractors among the farmers in two phases and separate quota has been given to all districts with Lahore on the top. The government has allocated Rs 2 billion for the purpose. Around Rs 200,000 subsidy is being given on each tractor. The Punjab government had approved only two tractor companies including Ghazi and Millat companies. The provincial government allocated quota of tractors for each district on population basis compared to the last year’s evaluation on the basis of cultivated land basis.
Shahbaz Sharif Green Tractor Scheme 2012 is only for farmers. The conditions apply to the persons applying for Green Tractor Scheme are: Applicant must have land area not less than 2.5 acres in the respective tehsil and the area must not be more than 25 acres in case of irrigated and 50 acres in case of barani (farming) area, must not have availed such scheme earlier, must not be the defaulter of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and not have taken any loan from the bank. Senators, MNA’s, MPS’s and the government employers with 17 or more BPS are ineligible for this scheme. Tehsil nazims and district nazims are also ineligible for Green Tractor Scheme.
On the occasion of balloting DCO Lahore Noorul Amin Mengal, MNA Pervaiz Malik, ADCR Nadir Chatta, EDO Agriculture and officials concerned were present there.
Speaking on the occasion, DCO said that quick and active steps had been taken by the Punjab government to boost the agriculture sector and latest technologies were now being utilised for attaining maximum yield of diverse corps.
Noorul Amin said that more than 44 percent of people mostly of rural areas were attached with the agriculture profession, which was contributing 23 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Pakistan. In viewing the importance of this profession, there is urgent need of focusing on this sector.