Scam in PM-Kishan scheme in Manipur: three SDCs suspended

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 1 | Publish Date: 9/1/2020 12:47:38 PM IST

 Manipur government has suspended three sub-deputy collectors (SDCs) for their allegedly scam in implementation of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme in the state.

An order of the state revenue department issued on Monday placed the three officers - Robert Okram (LA/SDC, Bishnupur), Salam Bimoljit Singh (LA/SDC headquarter) DC’s office and Rahina Sahni, (LA/SDC, Lilong) under suspension from their services.

The order stated that disciplinary proceedings against them were contemplated for registering fake beneficiaries under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.

Under the scheme, all small and marginal farmers registered as beneficiarieswill get up to Rs 6,000 per year as minimum income support. 

The 75,000-crore scheme aims to cover 125 million farmers, irrespective of the size of their landholding in India. It came into effect on December 1, 2018 and was launched by the Modi government. 

The list of the beneficiaries under the scheme is uploaded on the official website and it was alleged that fake beneficiaries were allegedly registered in Bishnupur district of the state.

There were complaints of inclusion of fake names being uploaded after residents of some villages in Bishnupur district and villagers alleged that the names of beneficiaries uploaded in the website were not residents of the village.

For instance, of the 221 farmers of Khoijuman village of the district listed as beneficiaries of the scheme, almost half of them were not residents of the village.

The nodal officer of PM-KISAN in Bishnupur district had however clarified that some beneficiaries belonging to other districts were wrongly entered under Bishnupur district. 

 He claimed that the wrong inclusion of beneficiaries from other districts/villages is due to the mismatch of beneficiaries in the web portal as there are similar village names at different districts of the state.

The nodal officer had even tried to downplay the issue by stating that the director of the state agriculture department will be requested to remove the wrongly entered beneficiaries from the web portal.

The clarification however failed to convince farmers of these villages who have been pressing the higher authority of the state government to take up necessary legal action against officers involved in the registration of fake beneficiaries of the scheme.


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