A farmer in Chennimalai had alleged that his signature was forged by government officials and a private company to get subsidy under the drip irrigation scheme.

In his complaint to the Chennimalai police station, K. Ramesh alias Gunasekaran of Pandian Street said that his family owned farm land at Murungatholuvu village in which they were cultivating tapioca and vegetables. In 2014, he had applied with the Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops for installing drip irrigation system on 0.89 hectares and a private company was permitted.

The company representative told the farmer that receiving subsidy from the government would take time and hence asked him to pay the money and said it would be refunded once the subsidy was received. The farmer had deposited Rs. 70,000 in the company’s bank account and later the drip irrigation system was installed on the field.

The complaint said that the officials from the department and the company had inspected the field many times, but remained tight-lipped about the subsidy. Hence, he submitted a petition to the Chief Minister’s Special Cell and received a reply that he had been sanctioned Rs. 89,000 as subsidy and the company had received it.

He sought details under the Right to Information Act and received 125 pages of documents. It showed that his signature and that of his father’s were forged and the picture of an unidentified person was pasted as his father. Police are investigating.

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