Udaipur : Farmers in several villages of Dungarpur are baffled over the ongoing loan scam in the district. After peasants in Govadi, Nandor, Gamda Brahmaniya and Jethana denied taking loans but found their names in the loan waiver list, now more farmers from other blocks too have come up with similar complaints. Farmers at Obari, Gada Vejania, Nagariya and Saroda on monday complained that they hadnt taken any loan however, their names too featured in the list of those whose loans have been waived. Some of the men said that they had taken loan but the amount reflected in the waiver list was quite large compared to the actual sum they received. The loans were disbursed through the greater agriculture multipurpose credit societies which exist at panchayat level aimed for sanctioning loans to poor farmers for agricultural purposes.
According to sources, the basic idea behind setting up of such societies had been to save the poor illiterate people from being exploited by money lenders who charge heavy interests against small term loans, however, staff at credit societies sometimes take advantage of government schemes and use fraudulent methods to disburse money either to ineligible people or granting fake loans which originally is meant to fulfill requirements of poor marginal farmers.
While the Registrar of Societies office has set up teams to investigate on the fraud loans, three managers of co-operative societies at Jethana, Govadi and Gamda Brahmania have been suspended from their offices. Meanwhile farmers at Govadi have given a written memorandum to the BDO Rajiv Dwivedi demanding the case to be investigated by the Anti Corruption Bureau.
District Magistrate ChetanRam Deora has ordered for a complete investigation of all loans disbursed through such village co-operative societies. In Obari panchayat samiti, a wealthy businessman Prabhulal Vadel and an advocate Azad Shah were sanctioned loans which they had never applied for while in Varsinghpur a supervisor and his two family members including daughter and nephew were sanctioned a pretty large sum amounting to approximately 1.5 lakh rupees. At another village a government school teacher Rajnikant was shocked to find his name among the beneficiaries of loan waive.
The loan issue was raised in the Zila Parishad meeting on monday where members raised questions on the credibility of the credit societies in various blocks, the member demanded the case to be investigate by Central Cooperative Bank authorities. The Collector assured the members that a thorough scrutiny of all agriculture loans sanctioned by such societies at every panchayat level would be made.