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CAG RAPS STATE GOVERNMENT FOR MISUSE OF PRIME MINISTER’S RELIEF PACKAGE FOR FARMERS

CAG-raps-1A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report, “Performance Audit of Farmers Package,” has concluded that the multi-crore relief package introduced in 2006 for the farmers has failed to help the debt ridden farmers. A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report states that the relief package introduced by the state to help the debt ridden farmers failed in its basic purpose. The report further states that the suicide rate among debt-ridden Vidarbha farmers has actually gone up after 2006. The state administration is apparently to be blamed for the lack of coordination in distributing the money and a faulty implementation plan. The report also stated that the agrarian distress would start rising again in the closing years of the package. The report clearly contradicts the state’s claim that things got better after funds started coming in from the relief package. In fact, the CAG team has asserted that there has been no monitoring of the implementation of the packages. The auditors, who surveyed 363 villages covering 41,663 farmers, said the state had announced that those farmers who took loans from unregistered moneylenders can consider themselves free of that loan. However, the CAG survey showed that 75% of their respondents were unaware of this announcement. Bureau report – NMTV

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