Substandard Chinese energy tiller got to farmers in Madhya Pradesh underneath the centre’s farm mechanisation scheme in Madhya Pradesh, in keeping with a report by four-member committee headed by MP Agro managing director Shrikant Banoth. The substandard energy tillers got to farmers between 2017 and 2019 in 11 tribal-dominated districts, sources have stated. They additionally alleged an enormous rip-off in plantation alongside the banks of the Narmada.
Power tillers are mini-tractors that may until, plough, sow seeds, plant seedlings, spray fertiliser and harvest crops, amongst different duties. They got to farmers underneath the Krishi Yantrikaran Yojna or farm mechanisation scheme of the centre.
NDTV has seen a report by the committee. It says not solely the facility tillers had been purchased by a agency with none tender, however most of the provides had been made solely on paper. Dealers allegedly gave pretend acknowledgements certificates of farmers and received funds credited into their accounts.
The scheme was meant to lift farm productiveness in Madhya Pradesh with higher expertise within the fingers of farmers. But the farmers got low-cost Chinese energy tillers in violation of the direct beneficiary switch or DBT scheme, sources have stated.
Rules had been manipulated – akin to declaring MP Agro because the nodal company for state and central schemes for farmers – in an try to switch subsidies into the accounts of some corporations as a substitute of farmers, sources stated.
A report by the centre has stated the machines had been unsafe for operators. NDTV has seen the report.
The alleged rip-off has kicked up a political row between the ruling BJP and the Congress within the state.
“We have got the report and will take action against those involved,” Madhya Pradesh Horticulture Minister Bharat Kushwaha stated.
State Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel whereas concentrating on the Congress alleged the opposition social gathering was liable for the tools provide rip-off.
“They were given funds for providing power tillers to farmers, but they gave it to power dealers. They misappropriated funds and the Lokayukta is looking into it. The accused would be behind bars soon,” Mr Patel stated.
Former Horticulture Minister Sachin Yadav criticised the state minister’s allegations as baseless. “I was the one who ordered a probe in October last year, but no action was taken. The BJP then came to power by toppling our government through corrupt means,” Mr Yadav stated.
In the Namami Devi Narmade Project, a separate probe says Rs 2 crore has been siphoned off in Jabalpur district.
During the earlier BJP authorities, over 1.21 lakh locations had been recognized for plantation and seven.10 crore saplings had been planted, whereas the info supplied by the Guinness Book of World Records officers to the state authorities present solely 5,540 plantation websites had been recognized and over 2.22 crore saplings had been ultimately planted.
A grievance has been filed with the anti-corruption authority Lokayukta, alleging 300 staff had been transferred on a single day from the Horticulture Department in 2019 with out the approval of the Chief Minister’s coordination committee.