Kisan-putra’s henchmen cheat Kisans
Posted July 25, 2011on:
The loot of public money has become the only dharma of the ruling BJP leaders and officers of the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government in Madhya Pradesh. You name a department and the skeletons will start tumbling out. The latest victims of the Chauhan government are the poor farmers, though Chauhan is never tired of declaring himself a Kisan-putra (farmer’s son).
Chauhan’s minister of cooperatives Gauri Shankar Bisen has accepted the bungling could be to the tune of around Rs 100 crore in the loan waiver scheme for farmers, though the Opposition says the figure could go beyond Rs 200 crore. There are around 5000 cooperative societies. If the records of all these societies are scrutinised, the figure of the loot by Chauhan and his henchmen could go beyond Rs 500 crore.
Bisen admitted the bungling of Rs 85.52 crore involving 2080 officials and other employees. He gave this information in the Assembly in reply to a calling-attention notice of Congress members, Yadvendra Singh, Dr Govind Singh and Kalpana Parulekar, who alleged that over Rs 200 crore had been siphoned off.
After haggling with the Congress members over the use of nomenclature (Bisen wanted to call it ‘irregularity’ and not ‘bungling’), the minister eventually admitted that the secretary to the Governor had, on the basis of the complaints received by the Governor, sought a report from the principal secretary to the cooperatives department. The principal secretary has pointed out in his report the “irregularities” to the tune of Rs 85.52 crore involving 2080 officials/employees after investigating the complaints referred to him.
The Congress members alleged that ineligible persons were helped by the government by making out false cases while the eligible farmers were denied the benefit of loan waiver scheme.