Farmers cry crop loan fraud in Kendrapara PACS

Kendrapara: Farmers in Rajkanika block of Kendrapara district smell a rat in crop loan disbursal at the Deuli Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society (PACS). Aggrieved farmers have demanded a probe into the matter.

The alleged crop-loan fraud in the Deuli PACS has come to fore when some farmers received letters from Insurance firms that notified them of having credit against their names. Crying scam, shell-shocked farmers are now in a quandary.

“I never ever had taken any crop loan from the PACS. I have no knowledge about any such loan on my name. An Insurance company has sent a letter showing Rs 22,124 loan against my name,” said Bhagirathi Barik of Bangarkuan village.

Another farmer, Gangadhar Barik, from the same village complained of a similar fraud allegation. ”A letter was sent to me showing Rs 11, 128 loan against my name,” he claimed.

Allegations of such crop loan frauds are not from a handful, many farmers have alleged such loan fraud against their names. They also claimed that PACS officials demand 10 per cent PC (bribe money) to release claim amount under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

Responding to the allegations, Laxmidhar Subudhi, joint Registrar of Kendrapara Societies Group, said a thorough probe will be conducted and action will be taken against the guilty.