BHOPAL : Despite Principal Secretary, Agriculture Rajesh Rajora writing a number of letters to Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of District Panchayats seeking investigation into the status of schemes run by Agriculture Department for the farmers, reports have come in from merely five districts. It is through District Panchayats that schemes like Sprinkler, Drip irrigation, distribution of farming tools, crops demonstration and seed subsidy are run. Complaints about irregularities in these schemes were being received on a regular basis.

In this context, Rajora, in March, had written to CEOs and Collectors to get physical verification of the work done under the schemes in one block each of the district and submit a report.

Except Neemuch, Rajgarh, Khargone, Guna and Mandsaur, reports have not come in from any other district. On Friday, Rajora once again wrote to CEOs to investigate the schemes of Agriculture Department. Rajora has written that irregularities were coming to the fore as Panchayati Raj institutions, after disbursement of subsidies under these schemes, do not get physical verification of the assets created or bought by the farmers.

Rajora has written to form probe team by coordinating with Collectors.

CM had received complaints

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, during ‘Jansamvaad’, had received a large number of complaints regarding implementation of agricultural schemes. Notwithstanding this, Collectors and CEOs are not showing interest in the implementation of these schemes. Collector Ashoknagar was removed in the recent past for not following the instructions of Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies regarding PDS but officers have not drawn a lesson from it and are not paying heed to the instructions of Principal Secretary.

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