The revenue, energy, agriculture and rural development departments were found to be defying duty by village residents, according to officials on the first day of the field visits as part of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s initiative to get a first-hand account of damage to crops in the recent Kharif season.
As many as 83 IAS, 30 IPS and 48 IFS officers have spanned out across the state since Sunday and would tour villages till October 27 to submit reports to the state government by October 30.
“There are regular complaints against the patwaris not visiting fields. There is no sign of agriculture extension officers who were very active in villages till the 1980s,” said an official.
HT found that in some districts, collectors contacted top visiting officials in violation of instructions and attempted to suggest which villages should be visited by officials so as to obtain favourable reports.
“As against the promised 8 hour three-phase electricity supply, most villages are getting only 4 hours of three-phase supply to run water pumps. There are complaints of erroneous billing and non-replacement of malfunctioning transformers,” said an official visiting the Vindhya region.
“The MNREGS has not been working for almost one year. There are no works sanctioned by the panchayats who claim that there are no funds,” said another official in Malwa region.
“There are complaints against the crop insurance scheme as most farmers do not understand its complicated functioning,” said principal chief conservator of forest Narendra Kumar, who visited five villages on Sunday in Sagar district.
Officials have been asked to hold chaupals in villages, discuss damage to crops, get feedbacks on beneficiary oriented schemes and submit the report to the general administration department (GAD).