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

The Authorities has paid Rs 1,364 crore to twenty.48 lakh undeserving beneficiaries less than its bold PM-KISAN plan, a reply to a Suitable to Data (RTI) question by the Union Agriculture Ministry reveals.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammann Nidhi (PM-KISAN) was introduced by the Centre in 2019 and less than the plan, an income help of Rs six,000 for every yr in three equal installments is paid to compact and marginal farmer households possessing merged land holding or possession of up to two hectares.

The Union Agriculture Ministry, in reaction to the RTI application, determined two types of undeserving beneficiaries who gained PM-KISAN payouts as “ineligible farmers” and “income tax payee farmers”.

RTI applicant Venkatesh Nayak of Commonwealth Human Legal rights Initiative (CHRI) who gained the details from the governing administration mentioned, “Much more than fifty percent (fifty five.58 for every cent) of these undeserving folks belong to the ‘income tax payee category’.” “The remaining forty four.41 for every cent belong to the ‘ineligible farmers’ category’,” he included.

Nayak mentioned, in accordance to media experiences, proceedings have been initiated to get better these funds transferred to undeserving folks.

He mentioned details acquired less than RTI Act, 2005, indicated that considering that the commencement of the PM-KISAN Yojana in 2019, Rs 1,364.13 crore ($186.59 million) has been paid to ‘ineligible persons’ and ‘income tax payee farmers’ till July 31, 2020.

“Government’s individual details signifies money went into the erroneous fingers,” he included.

A major chunk of these ineligible beneficiaries belongs to 5 states — Punjab, Assam, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, as for every the details.

“Punjab tops the list accounting for 23.sixteen for every cent (4.seventy four lakh) of the full quantity of undeserving folks across the region who gained payouts, adopted by Assam with sixteen.87 for every cent (3.forty five lakh beneficiaries) and Maharashtra with 13.ninety nine for every cent (two.86 lakh beneficiaries). These three states account for more than fifty percent (54.03 for every cent) of the quantity of undeserving folks who gained payouts,” Nayak mentioned Gujarat is at the fourth situation with eight.05 for every cent (1.sixty four lakh beneficiaries), adopted by Uttar Pradesh at fifth situation with eight.01 for every cent (1.sixty four lakh beneficiaries), he mentioned.

Sikkim with just one undeserving beneficiary noted the least expensive determine, Nayak mentioned.

“The full sum of Rs 1,364.13 crore was paid to recipients across the states in sixty eight.twenty lakh installments (in which every installment of Rs two,000 paid out for every recipient is counted separately). Out of this, 49.twenty five lakh installments were paid to ‘IT payee farmers’ when eighteen.95 lakh installments were paid to ‘ineligible farmers’ across the region,” he mentioned quoting the RTI details.

Less than the plan, an sum of Rs six,000 for every yr is transferred in three installments of Rs two,000 just about every 4 months instantly into the bank accounts of the farmers, subject matter to specific exclusion conditions relating to increased income standing, a PIB statement had mentioned.

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

Numerous types of farmers are excluded from the plan like institutional landholders farmer households in which one or more customers is between beneficiaries — previous and current holders of constitutional posts previous and current ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, mayors and chairmen of district panchayat serving and retired governing administration staff members pensioners getting over Rs ten,000 every month pension income tax payees and specialists such as doctors, engineers, chartered accountants and architects and many others.