The opposition DMK and its ally Congress demanded detailed investigation preferably by CBI so that the those who designed the scandal are arrested and investigated under the court of law. “In my native Villupuram district, only contract labourers have been arrested so far by the CB CID, the public are suspecting the involvement of AIADMK into the Rs 110 crore scandal,” DMK leader Ponmudy said in the Assembly.
The project may be funded by the Centre, but the executive powers of the scheme were with the state government and the DMK is not accusing the AIADMK government. It is the Central government that has said more than 5 lakh bogus accounts have been created to siphon off the Kisan scheme funds, Ponmudi said.
To ensure transparency the chief minister should order a CBI probe into the matter so that the higher officials and the kingpins behind the scandal are arrested. Echoing the views of DMK, Congress floor leader KR Ramasamy said that the poor farmers’ money has been swindled in huge volumes by a planned network.
Stealing the passwords and creating bogus accounts is a heinous crime and not many senior officials have been arrested till now. Only a CBI probe will throw more light into the investigations, he said.
Responding on the issue, agriculture minister R Doraikkannu said based on the instruction of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The scandal was unearthed by the CBCID and senior agriculture department officials even before it became public.
The state police had arrested several people in more than 13 districts and money is being recovered.
The investigations are progressing on the right channel and those behind the scandal will not be spared, the minister said.
8 temporary staff ‘removed from work’ in Vellore
Eight computer operators in Vellore district (all temporary staff) has been ordered to stay off duty until investigations into Prime Minister Kisan scheme scam are completed. The eight staff were attached to various agriculture AD’s offices. The order was based on the fact that if they were allowed to continue in duty, they could tamper and alter the records in their favour. Meanwhile, CB-CID arrested one person in connection with the scam in Ranipet district. The arrested person was identified as Subramani (27) computer operator from Sholingur, who was attached to the local AD’s office. He was arrested for misusing the AD’s password meant for the PM Kissan scheme, sources revealed.