Ineligible Kerala Farmers For PM Kisan Yojana
Over 30,000 people in Kerala “including 21,018 income-tax payers” are found ineligible under PM Kisan Yojana. But still got financial assistance under the Central Government initiative PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Under this assistance providing scheme, farmers get up to ₹6,000 annually as income support as per Government data.
As the data shows ₹31 Cr is pending to be retrieved from these ineligible candidates. They were identified by the Central Government & State Government professionals with the help of combining the income tax database. Till now ₹4.90 Cr has been recovered by the government.
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₹5,600 Cr Were Sent
Under PM Kisan Yojana 37.2 lakh beneficiaries have been registered to get financial assistance. ₹5,600 Cr has been transferred into the accounts of registered beneficiaries in the last three years.
“There are 37 lakh beneficiaries of the scheme in Kerala. The department has been verifying around 10 per cent of the database of farmers by cross-checking their credentials. The Centre has asked the state to start recovery measures after a scrutiny of the income tax database found that 15,136 beneficiaries are ineligible for the cash benefit under the scheme. Following this, the state government communicated to ineligible farmers and most of them expressed readiness to cooperate with the government. Those who are not ready to repay the amount received will have to face measures like revenue recovery. For the time being, however, the Centre has not asked the state to start revenue recovery measures.” Senior Agriculture Directorate Officer said while speaking to TNIE.
As per the sources told to The Indian Express in State Agricultural Department, “The weeding out of ineligible cases is a continuous process and so far 30,416 have been identified as ineligible. All field level officers are instructed to issue notice to the ineligible beneficiaries for refunding the availed benefit”. “The department of financial services under the Union Ministry of Finance has early this month, directed Kerala to speed up the recovery of the refund.”