The BJP government launched the Soil Health Card Scheme (SHCS) in February 2015. Rs. 126 crores were released to all states under this scheme in 2016-17. The government has distributed 6 crore soil health cards against the target of 14 crore SHCs as of March 2017. The inadequacy of soil testing facilities has been cited the main reason for slow progress in the distribution of Soil Health Cards.
380 static and 80 mobile new soil testing labs have been sanctioned (as on 16.11.2016). 6308 mini soil testing labs have also been sanctioned under the scheme during 2016-17.