524 ineligible farmers to refund amount received under PMK scheme

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2021 1:20:29 PM IST
Against the backdrop of Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s recent remark in Parliament on recovery of Rs 45,08,000 transferred to 524 ineligible framers from Nagaland under PM Kisan scheme, agriculture production commissioner (APC) Kikheto Sema said the agriculture department was on the job to identify if there were more ineligible farmers who had availed the scheme.
Speaking to Nagaland Post, Kikheto said that the department had been reiterating time and again that only genuine farmers should avail the scheme but regretted that many ineligible farmers too availed the scheme.
He said the ineligible farmers who received the amount under the scheme had to refund the amount since it was directly transferred into their bank accounts.
Besides recovering the amount, Kikheto said the State government would also initiate action against defaulters, if deemed fit.
He informed that during a survey, it was found that some of the reasons why the beneficiaries were found ineligible were migration to towns and urban areas for jobs after availing the scheme, deaths, working in government sector, etc, while there were also some farmers who did not wish to avail benefit under PM Kisan.
Kikheto remarked that the department launched “ineligibility campaign” in all districts on the directive of Central and state governments, adding that this would continue to ensure that genuine farmers were not left out from the scheme.
In response to a question in Parliament, the Union minister had on July 15 admitted the discrepancies and claimed that the ministry was in the process of recovering Rs 2,992.75 crore that was transferred to 42.16 lakh ineligible farmers under the PM-Kisan scheme across the country, including 524 ineligible farmers from Nagaland.
According to the data shared by Tomar, Rs 2,992 crore received by 42.16 lakh ineligible farmers under PM-Kisan scheme as on July 15, 2021 would have to be recovered. 
With Rs 554.01 crore availed by 8.35 lakh ineligible farmers, Assam has the highest number of ineligible farmers availing benefits under the scheme followed by Punjab, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

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