New Delhi: Citing the CAG report on farm loan waiver, BJP on Tuesday alleged that a fresh scam of over Rs 10,000 crore has surfaced in the implementation of the scheme and demanded a CBI probe to book the culprits.

According to the CAG report, nearly 34 lakh eligible farmers were denied their right to debt waiver and more than 24 lakh ineligible beneficiaries have gained through this "massive scam", BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

"The CAG report is an eye opener and the BJP demands immediate CBI inquiry to unearth the real extent of the scam," he said. The party also demanded that all the eligible farmers should be given the loan waiver benefits taking into account the outstanding as of March 31, 2013.

Javadekar noted that CAG has till now only checked 90,000 accounts out of 3.5 cr accounts. "Even with this small sampling, the CAG has found out that 13 per cent eligible farmers were not considered by the lending institutions while preparing list of eligible farmers. Moreover, 8.5 percent of ineligible beneficiaries got undue windfall profit," Javadekar said.

BJP charged that the Congress has become synonymous with corruption as yet another scam has now come to light after the Commonwealth Games, 2G Spectrum, Coal and the VVIP chopper scams. "We demand that the inquiry must fix the responsibility and action must be taken against the guilty," he said, adding that the Swaminathan Commission formula of calculating remunerative prices- which is cost of production plus 50 percent- be accepted

"Public money has gone to undeserving beneficiaries. There are other lacunae highlighted by the CAG like six percent of the farmers were not extended the benefits for which they were entitled," Javadekar said.

"This is a fraud. The exchequer has been defrauded and this amounts to a scam," he said. BJP demanded strict action against the guilty. "The UPA Government is for the scam, of the scam and by the scamsters... This is a huge scam of Rs 10,000 crore which stands looted in the Rs 50,000 crore scheme," he said.

The scheme was "essentially skewed" because once a single instalment is repaid, one is not eligible for getting the waiver, he said. "That is why we see that Rs 60,000 crore have been distributed and farmers continue to die by hanging themselves and committing suicides," he said.

Javadekar said in Delhi and Chandigarh, the loan waiver amount is more than in UP, Bihar and West Bengal put together. "This is how the schemes are being manipulated by vested interests and this is the face of the UPA Government. We condemn it. "The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will look into it. But they owe answers. It is not just an irregularity. Thousands of crores cannot be given to ineligible people without somebody supporting or saying," he said.

BJP leader Jaswant Singh said the scheme "was an electoral game and its shortcomings were bound to get exposed. Yes, there have been irregularities but the point is government's money should not be spent to further the interest of political parties in elections."

(Agencies)

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