New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) final report on the farm debt waiver scheme highlighted loopholes and pointed out irregularities in implementation of the Rs 52,000 crore scheme. The report was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.
The CAG report said over Rs 20 crore were doled to ineligible farmers or for purposes other than agriculture. The scheme was announced by the UPA government in 2008 and it had written off debt of more than 3.7 crore farmers.
There are lapses in over 22 per cent of the cases and over 13 per cent of the beneficiaries were eligible under the scheme but were not considered, according to the CAG report said. There were also no acknowledgement taken from over 34 per cent or a third of the farmers.
This acknowledgement is necessary so that farmers don't take fresh loan. In over 4800 cases, incorrect benefits were given to the farmers, the CAG report further revealed.
Further, loans of over Rs 164 crore were waived off in violation of the guidelines, the report said.