EOW registers 10 FIR in drip irrigation scam, government official named accused

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The Economic Crimes Squad has registered 10 FIRs in cases involving the drip irrigation scam that rocked the Umaraia Horticultural Department in 2017-2018. FIRs were registered under sections 420, 120B of the IPC and 13 (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

According to the investigation agency, Rs 35 lakh which were sanctioned under the program of disbursement of irrigation equipment to 60 farmers. However, this sum has been siphoned off on behalf of 29 farmers on several occasions. Out of all the beneficiaries, some received half of the equipment, others received none.

According to the FIR, the deputy director of horticulture at the time, RB Patel, who was stationed in Umaria, had siphoned off the sum. According to the complaint, the deputy manager sanctioned the sum to 29 farmers on several occasions. Depending on the scheme, a farmer can benefit from the scheme once every seven years.

The Rewa EOW unit conducted the investigation. It was found that the state government had released 34 69 491 rupees to distribute equipment to 60 farmers as part of an irrigation program. Instead of forking out for equipment tools, the money was embezzled by the then deputy manager, Tyagi Industries and the drip equipment suppliers at Dewas, among others.

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Posted on: Saturday September 11, 2021 19:10 IST

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