Over 42 lakh ineligible beneficiaries under PM-KISAN, ₹2,992.75 crore to be recovered: Tomar

21st July,2021

Over 42 lakh ineligible beneficiaries under PM-KISAN, ₹2,992.75 crore to be recovered: Tomar

The Centre has to recover ₹2,992.75 crore as on July 15 from 42.16 lakh ineligible beneficiary farmers registered for the central scheme that is, PM-KISAN yojana, with highest amount to be recovered from Assam, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on July 20, 2021.

The highest amount of ₹554.01 crore has to be recovered from 8.35 lakh ineligible farmers of Assam, followed by ₹437.9 crore from Punjab, ₹357.9 crore from Maharashtra, ₹340.56 crore from Tamil Nadu, and ₹258.64 crore from UP, according to data placed before the Lok Sabha by the union minister.

As per the data, the other States include Gujarat (₹ 220.7 crore), MP (₹ 195.9 crore), Rajasthan (₹144.1 crore) and Karnataka (₹ 129.32 crore).

Surprisingly, about ₹76,000 has to be recovered from 19 ineligible farmers of West Bengal state where the PM-KISAN scheme was implemented late in May, the data showed.

Under the PM-KISAN scheme, launched in 2019, a financial benefit of ₹6,000 per year is provided to the eligible farmer families, that is payable in three equal instalments of ₹2,000. The fund is transferred directly to the farmers bank accounts.

Mr. Tomar, in a written reply to the Lower House, further mentioned the structure of the PM-KISAN scheme inherently comprises mechanism for exclusion of errors on the basis of continuous verification and validation of data of beneficiaries by various authorities such as Aadhaar, Public Financial Management System (PFMS) and income tax database.

"However, during the process of verification, it was found that the benefit of this scheme was transferred to some non eligible beneficiaries, including some income tax payee farmers," he added.

As and when the correct and verified data of registered farmers is received on the PM-KISAN portal from respective States and its subsequent validation through Aadhaar/PFMS, the benefits of this scheme are transferred into the bank account of intended beneficiaries through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode.

Stating that the govt. has taken special measures to ensure that the funds are not being misused, Mr. Tomar said the scheme is properly implemented in order to benefit genuine farmers who needed these funds.