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Exclusive: 1.82 lakh farmers of Gujarat pay income tax but wrongly get assistance of Rs 186 crore in Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

 Exclusive: 1.82 lakh farmers of Gujarat pay income tax but wrongly get assistance of Rs 186 crore in Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana has received information that about 1.82 lakh farmers in the state have wrongly taken assistance of Rs 186 crore despite paying income tax. In February 2019, the central government announced a scheme for farmers called 'Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi'. Under this scheme, farmers with up to two hectares of land will be given Rs. It was decided to pay the assistance in 6,003 equal installments through 'Direct Benefit Transfer', which was applicable in Gujarat as in other states of the country and soon after the decision was made, four monthly assistance of Rs 2,000 was started in the account of the beneficiary farmers.

More than 1.82 lakh farmers were benefiting

However, some conditions were also imposed in the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana and those involved in these conditions were not eligible for assistance. One of the key conditions was that "taxpayers who have paid income tax in the last assessment year" were not eligible for this assistance. However, a large number of farmers who are paying income tax are also availing government assistance, which exploded a month or two ago. According to information received, about 1.82 lakh farmers in all 33 districts of the state were availing the help of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi despite paying income tax. These farmers have received a total of Rs 186 crore from the exchequer in the state.

The government started the process of getting a refund

The scandal erupted when I saw the Kisan Samman Nidhi portal and the income tax payer portal (list of taxpayers). Thus, such farmers from every district took assistance even though they were ineligible, but the districts which have more number include more than 18 thousand farmers in Bhavnagar, more than 17 thousand in Amreli, more than 14 thousand in Mehsana and more than 13 thousand in Rajkot. It is to be mentioned here that till today there is information that 5 to 6 installments of 2 thousand rupees have been paid in the state. The government has sent SMS to the 'disqualified farmers' who have availed such assistance and has also started the process of 'refunding' the amount paid.

Number of farmers receiving false assistance district wise

Ahmedabad 6857

Amreli 17166

Anand 5100

Aravali 3765 B

anaskantha 7780

Bharuch 4674

Bhavnagar 18020

Botad 5796

Chota Udaipur 941

Dang 52

Dev Bhoomi DB 1866

Dahod, 1129

Gandhinagar 7884

Gir-Somnath 2533

Jamnagar 6514

Junagadh 5300

Mangrove 9767

Kheda 3984

Mehsana 14741

mahisagara 1641

Morbi 5010

Narmada 758

Navsari 1965

Panchamahal 1351

Patan 7115

Porbandar 1245

Rajkot 13766

Sabarkanta 6655

Surat 4017

Surendranagar 5377

Vadodara 6263

Valsad 2306


Although guaranteed

Beneficiary farmers in the scheme had given some guarantees, including admitting that they would have been disqualified in the event of being an ‘income tax payer in the last assessment year’. He vowed to "be responsible" for any action, including "recovery of benefits" from the government and other legal action, if found to have been misappropriated.

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