CDP-SURAKSHA (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Economy)

News-CRUX-10     13th April 2024        
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Context: The government has recently introduced a new platform, known as CDP-SURAKSHA, to disburse subsidies to horticulture farmers as part of the Cluster Development Programme (CDP), the Centre's initiative aimed at promoting horticulture crops.


  • About: It is a digital platform designed to assist farmers in India.
  • Meaning of SURAKSHA:  “System for Unified Resource Allocation, Knowledge, and Secure Horticulture Assistance.”
  • Functionality of the platform: It facilitates the instant disbursal of subsidies to farmers directly into their bank accounts.

  • Features of CDP-SURAKSHA:

oDatabase integration with PM-KISAN, Cloud-based server space from NIC, UIDAI validation, eRUPI integration, Local government directory (LGD), Content management system, Geotagging and geo-fencing.

How does CDP-SURAKSHA work?

  • Access: Various stakeholders like farmers, vendors, implementing agencies, and officials can access CDP-SURAKSHA.
  • Order Placement: Farmers can log in and place orders for planting material according to their needs.
  • Payment and Verification: Farmers contribute their share of the cost, government subsidy is displayed automatically, and upon payment, an e-RUPI voucher is generated. After material delivery verification, vendor payment is released, and subsidy is processed by the implementing agency.


  • About: It is a one-time payment mechanism.
  • Mechanism: It functions without a card, digital payments app, or internet banking access.
  • Redemption: The voucher is redeemable at merchants accepting e-RUPI.
  • Usage: It can be shared with beneficiaries for specific purposes or activities.
  • Distribution: Organisations or government entities can distribute e-RUPI via SMS or QR code.