Guwahati: Assam Congress came down heavily on the BJP ruled state government and charged the latter with encouraging graft in the state. The opposition party’s reaction came after union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, while replying to a question on the 2019- launched PM Kisan scheme in the Lok Sabha was forced to admit that irregularities happened in the PM Kisan scheme and that Rs 2992.75 crores went to ineligible farmers in the country.
In this matter, Assam managed to secure a dubious first place and 8.35 lakh ‘ineligible’ or fake farmers across the state took Rs 558.01 crores from the scheme, said Tomar in the house.
“Earlier when the Congress Party had raised questions on irregularities in the selection of farmers in the PM Kisan scheme, our contention was rejected forthwith by the then Assam BJP government’s Chief Minister & Finance Minister and others and they were then blowing their own trumpet on zero tolerance on corruption. Is it not now apparent, following the statement by the Union Agriculture Minister that these irregularities point to corruption within the government?” asked Bobbeeta Sharma, chairperson, media department, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).
The Congress party demanded a high level probe into the anomaly and said that every scheme should be investigated and fake beneficiaries weeded out so that the money can be brought back and given to the deserving ones.
Sharma said, “Instead of preaching about zero tolerance on corruption, the government should practice what is preaches so that the people are benefitted and the schemes become successful. Otherwise, the state will make its mark in dubious distinctions instead of succeeding in climbing among the top states in the country.”
We hope the chief minister will take firm steps in this matter and express his own zero tolerance towards corruption, the party leader added.