Dehradun: Heads are bound to roll if the Uttarakhand government takes cognizance of the Agriculture department report in which it has alleged gross irregularities in the Crop Insurance Scheme (CIS).
Haridwar alone has witnessed alleged financial mismanagement to the tune of Rs 5.5 crore in CIS and possibilities of the embezzled amount being higher cannot be ruled out.

As per the report, the random probe clearly reveals that the entire district may be gripped by the irregularities in the project.

60-67 percent more premium was charged from the farmers while they were allegedly paid 51 percent more claim. It is yet not clear, whether the inflated amounts distributed to the farmers or were misused by the concerned authorities for their personal gains.

According to report, the insurance company received Rs 50.37 lakh as the premium during Kharif 2010 which is 64 percent (32.23 lakh) more than the stipulated amount.

Similarly, out of total disbursed fund of Rs 776.37 lakh, 51 percent (395.94 lakh) more amount were paid to the farmers as their claim.

The insurance company received 60 percent (Rs 22.80 lakh) and 67 percent (106.72 lakh) more premium during Rabi 2010 and Kharif 2011 respectively.

The startling fact was revealed through a report prepared by a team of Agriculture department officials. A four-member team headed by Additional Director of Agriculture (HQ), Parma Ram was constituted for the inspection of functioning of the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) during the Kharif 2010-11 as well as Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) during the Rabi 2010-11 and Kharif 2011-12.

In addition to three departmental officials, Regional Manager of Agriculture Insurance Company was also included in the inspection team. However, he was not present during the inspection process.

Director (Agriculture) Madan Lal handed over the report to the state government and Agriculture Minister Trivedra Singh Rawat.

The team conducted probe into crop insurance documents related to Kisan Credit Cards of notified crops in the six branches of District Cooperative Bank, Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India.

JPN/Bureau