Beware: Thugs are preying on farmers by making fake calls.

Published on: 10-Feb-2024

Caution: The Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Department and Police have alerted the farmers that some unruly elements are carrying out incidents of fraud by luring them with schemes. In such a situation, farmer brothers need to be careful and alert from fake calls.

Presently farmers have also fallen victim to fake fraud calls. For some time now, many cases of cheating of farmer brothers have come to light. Thugs are committing incidents of fraud on farmers by luring them with government schemes. Some similar incidents have currently come to light from Uttar Pradesh. Where farmers are being tempted to purchase solar pumps in easy installments under PM Kusum Yojana. After this, the Uttar Pradesh Police and Agriculture Directorate alerted the farmers and advised them to avoid such fake phone calls. 

Farmer do not pick up calls from these numbers. 

After the cases of fraud calls came to light, instructions were issued to the Deputy Directors of Agriculture established in all the divisions of the state by the Solar Cell associated with PM Kusum Yojana of the Agriculture Department. In the instructions issued by Suresh Kumar Singh, nodal officer of PM Kusum Yojana in UP Agriculture Directorate, it has been said that farmers are getting phone calls from some other numbers including 7290912735 and 7037767569. These are the same farmers who have applied for solar pumps under Kusum Yojana. 

Also read: Fake websites claiming to register in PM Kusum Yojana: Advisory of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Farmers should not fall into the trap of thugs. 

The caller, posing as an employee of the Agriculture Department, asks the farmers to deposit the money for the solar pump in installments. Due to this, the department has asked the officials to make the farmers aware of this scheme and tell them that there is an online process to confirm the token before the farmers select the solar pump. This information is provided to the concerned farmer through SMS on the registered mobile number. It has also been made clear in the instructions that in this scheme, farmers do not have the option of depositing money in installments. Farmers will have to make a full payment once. In such a situation, farmers should not fall into the trap of swindlers.

Contact the police if you receive a fake call 

The department has given a message to all the Deputy Directors of the Agriculture Department that they should inform the people in the state about this through newspapers and other communication mediums. Along with this, farmers have also been asked to be made aware that if they receive any fraud call, they should contact the police directly, so that such cases can be curbed. 

Also read: PM Kisan Samman Nidhi: 21 lakh farmers in Uttar Pradesh ineligible, next installment may be delayed

What do you understand by PM Kusum Yojana?

Under PM Kusum Yojana, farmers are given solar pumps whose capacity ranges from 1 horsepower to 10 horsepower. On this, the government provides subsidies of up to 70% to the farmers. Recently, to reduce the irrigation cost of farmers, the UP government allowed them to apply online for the scheme. Under this, targets have been set for every district to provide solar pumps to the farmers.