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    PMO denies lack of funds led to bounce of Vidarbha cheque


    PMO denies lack of funds led to bounce of Vidarbha cheque

    New Delhi, July 07: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office Saturday said that a cheque issued to the widow of a debt-ridden farmer in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra had bounced not because of paucity of funds but due to 'local issues'.

    Denying newspaper reports that a cheque issued by Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for relief to farmers in Vidarbha had bounced as there was delay in releasing the money, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said: 'The cheque under reference was issued by the local district authorities in Maharashtra, and not honoured because of local issues, and not on account of any delay in release of funds from PMNRF.

    'The district authorities are taking action to disburse relief in cash immediately,' said a statement issued by the prime minister's media advisor.

    According to earlier reports, a cheque released by PMNRF to Vandana Anil Shende, whose farmer husband had committed suicide, had bounced. Insufficiency of funds was cited as the reason.

    Elaborating the measures taken to help indebted farmers in Vidarbha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, the statement said: 'Rs.30 million was disbursed to six districts of Vidarbha in July 2006 itself, and there was no delay in releasing the funds. It was a one-time grant of funds of Rs.5 million at the disposal of the concerned district collector.'

    Reacting to reports that the Maharashtra government had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the funds were insufficient, the PMO said: 'As far as the filing of an affidavit by the state government before the Supreme Court is concerned, it was acknowledged by the state government in March 2007 that there was no delay on the part of the PMO to release funds, and an additional affidavit was filed to clarify the position.'

    Several debt-ridden farmers have committed suicide in the drought-hit Vidarbha region, forcing the central government to announce a special relief package. Reports say around 1,130 farmers have ended their lives since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh toured the area last year.

    Zee News - PMO denies lack of funds led to bounce of Vidarbha cheque


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    Probe ordered into cheque-bounce case


    Probe ordered into cheque-bounce case

    MUMBAI: A month after Prime Minister’s Office took his government to task for filing an affidavit against the PMO, it was another embarrassment for CM Vilasrao Deshmukh on Saturday when a cheque issued by his government to a widow was dishonoured owing to lack of adequate balance in the account.

    The PMO on Saturday said the bounced cheque was issued by mistake under the PM’s National Relief Fund instead of from the Chief Minister's Fund.

    Taking serious note of the lapse on part of the district administration, Deshmukh on Saturday deputed principal secretary (expenditure) Vidyadhar Kanade to probe into the incident. Kanade has been asked to submit the report within three days.

    About a month back, the Yeotmal district administration had issued a cheque of Rs 10,000 in the name of Vandana Shinde, whose husband committed suicide two months ago. Shinde was shocked and surprised when the bank dishonoured the cheque. Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti leader Kishore Tiwari alleged that the Deshmukh government was not serious about the woes of the farmers. "Now it has been established that there was lack of seriousness at all levels — from the Yeotmal collector to Vilasrao Deshmukh," Tiwari said.

    Tiwari has already submitted a comprehensive memorandum to President A P J Kalam and PM Manmohan Singh, saying the Deshmukh government had failed to tackle the unprecedented agrarian crisis in the backward region. A few months ago, the state government had filed an affidavit in the SC against the PMO, saying, it had failed to release the grants to the state government. When the PMO took it up with the Maharashtra government, Deshmukh had to tender an apology and file a fresh affidavit.

    Significantly, despite the fiasco, Deshmukh is yet to fix responsibility on any official for filing an affidavit against the PMO.

    Probe ordered into cheque-bounce case-India-The Times of India



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    Re: PMO denies lack of funds led to bounce of Vidarbha cheque


    I am not a widow of a debt ridden farmer, neither the PMNRF has ever sent me a cheque nor do I want a clarification from the PMO.

    But read about my similar experience in:

    http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/ask-rt...d-voucher.html

    Can any one help me ?



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