GUWAHATI: The Gauhati high court on Wednesday issuing notice ordered the Assam government to file a reply on alleged anomalies in the implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in the state.
Under the PM Kisan scheme, farmers who fall under its purview get Rs 6,000 annually in three installments of Rs 2,000.
The court response came after one registered society of Amguri Naba Nirman Samity moved the court via a PIL seeking the court’s intervention in ordering a high-level probe.
Advocate AR Bhuyan, the counsel of the petitioner said, “This is supposed to help farmers to prepare their crop better by getting essential supplies. Surprisingly, during the implementation process of the said scheme huge corruption has taken place in the district of Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Charaidew. Huge numbers of fake farmers have been benefited who are not at all fall in the category of farmers to be benefitted under the scheme.”
An RTI report found that in Assam, the beneficiary list prepared by the state agriculture department had included government employees, retired Army personnel and even pensioners and were allegedly receiving the benefits of the scheme.
On Wednesday, the high court has asked the state government to file its response within four weeks’ time.
The petitioner had also filed an FIR in connection to this alleged scam with Amguri Police in Sivasagar. “However, no action was taken. We have also approached the CBI,” the counsel added informing that in Jorhat district alone, over 30,000 false beneficiaries were found.