Friday, 19 August 2011

BMFA for probe into large-scale malpractices

Special Correspondent

SILCHAR, Aug 17: Bishnupriya Manipuri Farmers’ Association (BMFA), Cachar district, has demanded inquiry into large scale malpractices involved in the selection of beneficiaries for distribution of government grant in aid provided to Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council in a memorandum addressed to the Minister of WPT and BC, Guwahati, and submitted through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar on Tuesday. The catalogue of allegations as detailed by the president Ranjit Sinha of the Association included the government fund to the council to take up socio-economic development works.

Besides, the memorandum alleges that under this grant in aid, beneficiaries were selected showing different schemes without making any announcement in this regard in the local media in accordance with the government guidelines. This violation of the norms deprived a large number of people belonging to below poverty line from availing themselves of the grant. The selection list, it further points out, includes persons of APL as eligible for the benefits. Considering the seriousness of the anomalies specified, the Association secretary Ajit Sinha has impressed upon the minister concerned to cause and inquiry through the Deputy Commissioners of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Kamrup since similar irregularities have taken place in other districts under the jurisdiction of the Council.

In yet another memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Development, Cachar, Bishnupriya Manipuri Farmers’ Association has alleged the apathy of the banks towards the disposal of kisan credit cards proposals for around 100 farmers sponsored by the district agriculture officer. The proposals have been lying without any consideration since the date of their submission with banks on August 1, 2011. The crop season is passing out, but the farmers are yet to get the kisan credit cards. The memorandum farther points out that the Government of India, RBI and NABARD have clear instructions to increase the KCC coverage to which the banks have taken a negative stand. It calls for immediate action and disposal of the credit card proposals.

Courtesy: The Sentinel 
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