Tribune News Service
Rohtak, July 24
A lot of farmers in Rewari, Rohtak and Jhajjar districts of Haryana are learnt to have furnished false crop diversification particulars to allegedly siphon grants beneath a state authorities scheme, the Agriculture Department has discovered.
An incentive of Rs 7,000 per acre is supplied beneath the Mera Pani Meri Virasat Yojana to encourage farmers to modify from water-guzzling paddy to cotton and different crops.
The revelation has uncovered the federal government’s claims in regards to the success of the scheme, geared toward conserving water in areas the place the water desk has been falling sharply.
During verification, the division discovered that 90 per cent of the realm registered beneath the scheme in Rewari didn’t witness any paddy cultivation final yr, a prerequisite for availing the motivation. Similarly, such “invalid” cultivated space is over 70 per cent in Rohtak and 57 per cent in Jhajjar. The state authorities had in June appealed to the paddy growers to get themselves registered beneath the scheme by July 2.
Sources stated in Rewari, 551 farmers had obtained their 467.7 hectares registered for cultivating cotton as a substitute of paddy this season. The corresponding figures have been 1,416 farmers for 1283.7 hectares in Rohtak and three,306 farmers for two,456 hectares in Jhajjar.
As the Agriculture Department initiated verification on the premise of the Revenue Department’s ‘girdawari’ report, it discovered numerous registrations invalid.
The registration of a mere 45 out of 467.7 hectares was discovered legitimate beneath the scheme in Rewari. In Rohtak, the legitimate registration determine was 381.79 out of 1,283.7 hectares whereas the depend stood at 1,396 out of two,456 hectares in Jhajjar, stated sources.
Rohtas Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Rohtak, stated the registrations had been declared invalid on the premise of two findings: ‘Girdawari’ report not exhibiting paddy cultivation on registered land final yr and farmers not switching from paddy to cotton.
Jaswinder Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), Rewari, stated paddy crop was transplanted in two of the 5 blocks within the district final yr, as per ‘girdawari’ report. But a number of farmers from the remaining three blocks additionally obtained their land registered beneath the scheme, therefore the registrations had been declared invalid, he added.