Farmers’ crop loan scam in Chambal: Names of deceased peasants appear in lists of debtors

It is feared that the cooperative societies took loans in the names of farmers and bungled the amount, while the persons on whose names the loans were taken never came to know about this

Gwalior: Massive irregularities have come to the fore after the list of farmers whose debts were waived under the Madhya Pradesh government’s (Jai Kisan Fasal Rin Maafi Yojna) were pasted on the notice boards of panchayats in Bhind, Morena, Shivpuri, Sheopur and Datia districts of Gwalior-Chambal division. Farmers who had not taken loans, spotted their names on the list of debtors being pasted in village panchayats.Thousands of such cases have come into light.

5000 cases reported in Datia alone

Besides the lists contain names of a number of farmers who are already dead. In Datia alone about 5000 cases have come to the fore where deceased farmers have been shown as debtor in lists. It is feared that the cooperative societies took loans in the names of farmers and bungled the amount. The persons on whose names the loans were taken, never came to know about this. Now the staff of the cooperative societies are trying to cover up their misdeeds.

Officials pressuring farmers’ kin to withdraw complaints

Family members of the deceased farmers have lodged complaint in this regard  but officials of the cooperative societies are now pressuring them to withdraw their complaints. Farmers now have to fill out three colour-coded forms : green for famers who have linked their bank accounts with their Aadhar cards, white for those who are yet to do so and pink for those raising an objection.

The last date for filing complaint was February 5 but the flood of complaints is unabated with fresh cases being disclosed every day. The staff of the cooperative societies are pressurising family members of the farmers to withdraw their complaints and make the compromise. Officials are trying to mislead the family members. In Nandpur village of Datia, a woman Shakuntala complained that she received a call from the cooperative bank and was asked to make compromise.

Besides raising objection through pink forms, some farmers have also sent complaint direct to the senior officials. Committees have been formed to probe all such complaints. As many as 112 complaints were lodged in Bhind and 60 in Morena. Fourteen complaints were sent direct to registrar office in Bhopal and 62 to other officials of the district. In Shivpuri, 111 complaints were made to officers.