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


The Govt has compensated Rs 1,364 crore to 20.forty eight lakh undeserving beneficiaries under its bold PM-KISAN scheme, a reply to a Appropriate to Data (RTI) question by the Union Agriculture Ministry reveals.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sammann Nidhi (PM-KISAN) was released by the Centre in 2019 and under the scheme, an money aid of Rs six,000 for each calendar year in three equivalent installments is compensated to small and marginal farmer families obtaining merged land keeping or possession of up to two hectares.

The Union Agriculture Ministry, in reaction to the RTI application, discovered two categories of undeserving beneficiaries who obtained PM-KISAN payouts as “ineligible farmers” and “money tax payee farmers”.

RTI applicant Venkatesh Nayak of Commonwealth Human Legal rights Initiative (CHRI) who obtained the facts from the government said, “A lot more than 50 percent (55.58 for each cent) of these undeserving persons belong to the ‘income tax payee category’.” “The remaining 44.forty one for each cent belong to the ‘ineligible farmers’ category’,” he added.

Nayak said, according to media studies, proceedings have been initiated to get better these resources transferred to undeserving persons.

He said facts obtained under RTI Act, 2005, indicated that considering that the commencement of the PM-KISAN Yojana in 2019, Rs 1,364.thirteen crore ($186.59 million) has been compensated to ‘ineligible persons’ and ‘income tax payee farmers’ until July 31, 2020.

“Government’s personal facts indicates revenue went into the wrong arms,” he added.

A significant chunk of these ineligible beneficiaries belongs to 5 states — Punjab, Assam, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, as for each the facts.

“Punjab tops the checklist accounting for 23.sixteen for each cent (4.74 lakh) of the overall quantity of undeserving persons throughout the country who obtained payouts, followed by Assam with sixteen.87 for each cent (three.45 lakh beneficiaries) and Maharashtra with thirteen.ninety nine for each cent (two.86 lakh beneficiaries). These three states account for a lot more than 50 percent (fifty four.03 for each cent) of the quantity of undeserving persons who obtained payouts,” Nayak said Gujarat is at the fourth situation with 8.05 for each cent (1.64 lakh beneficiaries), followed by Uttar Pradesh at fifth situation with 8.01 for each cent (1.64 lakh beneficiaries), he said.

Sikkim with just a person undeserving beneficiary noted the most affordable figure, Nayak said.

“The overall sum of Rs 1,364.thirteen crore was compensated to recipients throughout the states in sixty eight.20 lakh installments (exactly where each and every installment of Rs two,000 compensated out for each recipient is counted individually). Out of this, 49.twenty five lakh installments were being compensated to ‘IT payee farmers’ when 18.ninety five lakh installments were being compensated to ‘ineligible farmers’ throughout the country,” he said quoting the RTI facts.

Under the scheme, an sum of Rs six,000 for each calendar year is transferred in three installments of Rs two,000 every single 4 months directly into the lender accounts of the farmers, issue to specified exclusion standards relating to higher money position, a PIB statement experienced said.

The scheme was formally released on February 24, 2019, by Key Minister Narendra Modi at a grand function in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Quite a few categories of farmers are excluded from the scheme like institutional landholders farmer families in which a person or a lot more associates is amongst beneficiaries — previous and current holders of constitutional posts previous and current ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, mayors and chairmen of district panchayat serving and retired government workforce pensioners acquiring about Rs 10,000 monthly pension money tax payees and gurus these types of as medical practitioners, engineers, chartered accountants and architects and so on.