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PM-Kisan scam

9th September, 2020 Society

Context: ₹110 crores paid to 5.5 lakh ineligible persons

About: An estimated ₹110 crores was fraudulently credited to the bank accounts of 5.5 lakh ineligible people in 13 districts of Tamil Nadu under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Scheme during the past few months. As much as ₹32 crores has been recovered so far.

About PM-Kisan:

  • PM Kisan is a Central Sector scheme with 100% funding from Government of India.
  • It has become operational from 1.12.2018.
  • Under the scheme an income support of 6,000/- per year in three equal installments will be provided to small and marginal farmer families having combined land holding/ownership of upto 2 hectares.
  • Definition of family for the scheme is husband, wife and minor children.
  • State Government and UT administration will identify the farmer families, which are eligible for support as per scheme guidelines.
  • The fund will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

There are various Exclusion Categories for the scheme.

Scheme Exclusion: The following categories of beneficiaries of higher economic status shall not be eligible for benefit under the scheme.

  1. All Institutional Land holders.
  2. Farmer families, which belong to one or more of the following categories.
  3. i) Former and present holders of constitutional posts
  4. ii) Former and present Ministers/ State Ministers and former/present Members of Lok Sabha/ Rajya Sabha/ State Legislative Assemblies/ State Legislative Councils, former and present Mayors of Municipal Corporations, former and present Chairpersons of District Panchayats.

iii) All serving or retired officers and employees of Central/ State Government Ministries /Offices/Departments and its field units Central or State PSEs and Attached offices /Autonomous Institutions under Government as well as regular employees of the Local Bodies

(Excluding Multi Tasking Staff /Class IV/Group D employees)

  1. vi) All superannuated/retired pensioners whose monthly pension is Rs.10, 000/-or more

(Excluding Multi Tasking Staff / Class IV/Group D employees) of above category

  1. v) All Persons who paid Income Tax in last assessment year
  2. vi) Professionals like Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Chartered Accountants, and Architects registered with Professional bodies and carrying out profession by undertaking practices.