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Saturday, 3 October 2020

Agriculture officer held for graft

Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 2

An agriculture development officer (ADO) has been arrested after he demanded 25 per cent commission from farmers from compensation for damaged crops in the village.

A farmer of Rohtas of Badhya Rangran village lodged a complaint that his wheat crop during the rabi season 2019-20 got damaged due to waterlogging. He said he had got his crop insured under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and thus was expecting to get the compensation on the basis of the girdawari report, which assesses the loss.

The farmer, however, said the ADO Balwinder Nehra demanded a 25 per cent commission from the compensation in lieu of reporting crop damage. The accused told the farmers that he would report the crop damage of only those farmers who agreed to pay the commission to him. The complainant said he refused to strike a deal with the ADO and thus the crop damage in his field was shown as nil.

from The Tribune

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