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Saturday, 25 July 2020

In 3 Haryana districts, ‘false’ diversification claims made only to avail grant

Ravinder Saini
Tribune News Service
Rohtak, July 24

A large number of farmers in Rewari, Rohtak and Jhajjar districts of Haryana are learnt to have furnished false crop diversification details to allegedly siphon grants under a state government scheme, the Agriculture Department has found.

Wrongs exposed

  • Rewari: Of 467.7 hectares registered under scheme, claim of mere 45 hectares found valid
  • Rohtak: Valid registration

    figure is 381.79 out of 1,283.7 hectares

  • Jhajjar: The valid count stands at 1,396 out of 2,456 hectares

An incentive of Rs 7,000 per acre is provided under the Mera Pani Meri Virasat Yojana to encourage farmers to switch from water-guzzling paddy to cotton and other crops.

The revelation has exposed the government's claims about the success of the scheme, aimed at conserving water in areas where the water table has been falling sharply.

During verification, the department found that 90 per cent of the area registered under the scheme in Rewari did not witness any paddy cultivation last year, a prerequisite for availing the incentive. Similarly, such "invalid" cultivated area is over 70 per cent in Rohtak and 57 per cent in Jhajjar. The state government had in June appealed to the paddy growers to get themselves registered under the scheme by July 2.

Sources said in Rewari, 551 farmers had got their 467.7 hectares registered for cultivating cotton instead of paddy this season. The corresponding figures were 1,416 farmers for 1283.7 hectares in Rohtak and 3,306 farmers for 2,456 hectares in Jhajjar.

As the Agriculture Department initiated verification on the basis of the Revenue Department's 'girdawari' record, it found a large number of registrations invalid.

The registration of a mere 45 out of 467.7 hectares was found valid under the scheme in Rewari. In Rohtak, the valid registration figure was 381.79 out of 1,283.7 hectares while the count stood at 1,396 out of 2,456 hectares in Jhajjar, said sources.

Rohtas Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Rohtak, said the registrations had been declared invalid on the basis of two findings: 'Girdawari' record not showing paddy cultivation on registered land last year and farmers not switching from paddy to cotton.

Jaswinder Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Rewari, said paddy crop was transplanted in two of the five blocks in the district last year, as per 'girdawari' record. But several farmers from the remaining three blocks also got their land registered under the scheme, hence the registrations had been declared invalid, he added.

from The Tribune

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