And this is the second story in the fertiliser package that the Economic Times published.
The ministry of fertilisers is planning to migrate to cash transfers in three phases. In the first phase, to be completed by December, it will extend its fertiliser management software beyond the 30,000 fertiliser warehouses to 230,000 licenced retailers. In the second phase, scheduled to begin from the next kharif season (June 2012), the nutrientbased subsidy will be re-routed from companies to retailers. The third phase, cash transfers to farmers, will be rolled out once farmers are allotted unique identification (UID) numbers. Each phase is posing large questions, especially related to time.
Really, listening to the mandarins, I found the timelines scarcely believable. More here.