Corruption charges against Gehlot Government in Rajasthan, farmers allege scam in loan-waiver scheme

Congress leader Ashok Gehlot took oath as the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, hardly a couple of months ago and his government is already facing allegations of serious corruption. The Congress party swept three Hindi heartland states, riding on the promise of waiving-off farm loans. But now it is the same loan-waiver scheme that finds itself under scanner, after several farmers came out to allege scam in it.

According to reports, an online link by state government, featuring the names of loan-waiver scheme beneficiaries consist of even those who didn’t take any loans at all. The matter came into light after several farmers from Gowadi Village, Sagwara Tehsil in Dungarpur District, alleged that they found their names on the list of loan-waiver beneficiaries, even when they never took out the loan.

The cooperative bank in Gowadi had given a short-term loan of Rs 8 crore to 1780 farmers. After people heard about the news they carried out a protest and burned the effigy of the manager of cooperative bank Nahar Singh, who is reportedly missing.

The villagers also went to forward to submit a memorandum to local SDM demanding a thorough inquiry into the matter. Meanwhile, the government has suspended the manager of the cooperative bank and investigation has been ordered.

Rahul Gandhi had promised farm loan waiver in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh within 10 days of coming to power. After Ashok Gehlot took charge of the state he announced a farm loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh, after which the Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted “It’s done!” Later, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh also announced the loan waiver soon after assuming power.