23/01/2021

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Rs 1,364 crore paid to over 20 lakh undeserving beneficiaries under PM-KISAN: RTI data

The Federal government has paid Rs one,364 crore to twenty.48 lakh undeserving beneficiaries beneath its bold PM-KISAN scheme, a reply to a Ideal to Details (RTI) query by the Union Agriculture Ministry reveals.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammann Nidhi (PM-KISAN) was introduced by the Centre in 2019 and beneath the scheme, an revenue support of Rs six,000 for every calendar year in 3 equal installments is paid to small and marginal farmer people owning combined land keeping or ownership of up to 2 hectares.

The Union Agriculture Ministry, in response to the RTI software, identified two types of undeserving beneficiaries who received PM-KISAN payouts as “ineligible farmers” and “revenue tax payee farmers”.

RTI applicant Venkatesh Nayak of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) who received the knowledge from the authorities explained, “Additional than fifty percent (55.58 for every cent) of these undeserving people belong to the ‘income tax payee category’.” “The remaining forty four.forty one for every cent belong to the ‘ineligible farmers’ category’,” he additional.

Nayak explained, according to media reports, proceedings have been initiated to recuperate these money transferred to undeserving people.

He explained knowledge acquired beneath RTI Act, 2005, indicated that due to the fact the commencement of the PM-KISAN Yojana in 2019, Rs one,364.thirteen crore ($186.59 million) has been paid to ‘ineligible persons’ and ‘income tax payee farmers’ until July 31, 2020.

“Government’s personal knowledge signifies income went into the wrong arms,” he additional.

A important chunk of these ineligible beneficiaries belongs to five states — Punjab, Assam, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, as for every the knowledge.

“Punjab tops the list accounting for 23.sixteen for every cent (four.74 lakh) of the whole amount of undeserving people across the country who received payouts, adopted by Assam with sixteen.87 for every cent (three.45 lakh beneficiaries) and Maharashtra with thirteen.99 for every cent (2.86 lakh beneficiaries). These 3 states account for a lot more than fifty percent (fifty four.03 for every cent) of the amount of undeserving people who received payouts,” Nayak explained Gujarat is at the fourth situation with 8.05 for every cent (one.sixty four lakh beneficiaries), adopted by Uttar Pradesh at fifth situation with 8.01 for every cent (one.sixty four lakh beneficiaries), he explained.

Sikkim with just 1 undeserving beneficiary reported the most affordable figure, Nayak explained.

“The whole total of Rs one,364.thirteen crore was paid to recipients across the states in sixty eight.twenty lakh installments (where by every installment of Rs 2,000 paid out for every receiver is counted individually). Out of this, forty nine.twenty five lakh installments had been paid to ‘IT payee farmers’ though eighteen.95 lakh installments had been paid to ‘ineligible farmers’ across the country,” he explained quoting the RTI knowledge.

Under the scheme, an total of Rs six,000 for every calendar year is transferred in 3 installments of Rs 2,000 each individual four months straight into the bank accounts of the farmers, issue to particular exclusion conditions relating to larger revenue position, a PIB assertion experienced explained.

The scheme was formally introduced on February 24, 2019, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a grand perform in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Many types of farmers are excluded from the scheme like institutional landholders farmer people in which 1 or a lot more customers is among beneficiaries — previous and existing holders of constitutional posts previous and existing ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, mayors and chairmen of district panchayat serving and retired authorities personnel pensioners acquiring around Rs ten,000 month-to-month pension revenue tax payees and pros this kind of as medical doctors, engineers, chartered accountants and architects etc.