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Mar 20, 2020

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers says, hardly any checks and balances adopted to verify whether genuine farmers are getting subsidized fertilizers

A Parliamentary Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers under the chairmanship of Lok Sabha Member Kanimozhi Karunanidhi of DMK said that hardly any checks and balances were adopted to verify whether genuine farmers are getting subsidized fertilizers. It has complained that a person who may not be a farmer but his Aadhaar card might be used for collecting fertilizer.

The committee, in its report on the Demands for Grants for the financial year 2020-21 that was tabled in both the houses today, said that a total of 1182.04 Lakh Metric Tonnes of fertilizers have been sold through Point of Sale devices under Direct Benefit Transfer scheme till December, 2019 and the farmer or buyer’s identity is authenticated through biometric, Aadhaar-based Unique Identification Number or Voter ID card or Kisan Credit Card.

The committee also said, there is scope for misuse by retailers by collecting Aadhaar cards and asking those persons to put thumb impressions for an amount given to them and showing false sale and later on selling the fertilizers in black market. The committee recommended that a foolproof monitoring system should be developed at ground level by deploying inspectors at district level to prevent all possible misuses by retailers and to ensure only farmers get subsidized fertilizers according to their requirements. 

The committee observed that the Department has made a lot of efforts to bring together all stakeholders and tried to develop a solution for reaching the ideal situation of payment of fertilizer subsidy directly to the farmers.

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