Haryana govt tested 10,000 seed samples in a lab that never existed

A Seed Testing Laboratory, for which the Haryana government received a grant of Rs 95 lakh under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) last year, is functional only on paper.

According to the official RKVY website, the Haryana government claimed to have tested 10,000 seed samples in the laboratory, for which they were given an additional grant of Rs 95 lakh by the Centre. However, the laboratory does not exist in Rohtak. The concerned officials are now passing the buck claiming clerical errors for the controversy.

A Bhiwani based NGO — Bhiwani Sudhar and Vikas Samiti — claims that the state government cheated the Centre by claiming to have tested the seed samples in a laboratory that never existed. NGO's president Capt Pawan Kumar Ansal alleges that the state misled the Ministry of Agriculture by fudging the records.

The NGO further alleged that the grant of Rs 95 lakh, which was meant for setting up the laboratory, was siphoned off by the officials.

According to the data available on the RKVY website of RKVY, the state government received a grant of Rs 30 lakh in 2009, followed by Rs 65 lakh in 2010. While submitting a report to the Centre, the state claimed that they utilised the grant and tested 10,000 seed samples in the laboratory.

The Rohtak-based officers of the Haryana State Seed Certification Agency (HSSCA) are passing the buck to their head office located in Panchkula. However, the officials in the Panchkula head office in Panchkula claim that it was an error on the part of RKVY, which did not update its website and also certain "clerical errors" created the controversy.

Rohtak-based Seed Certification Officer Dr Randhir Singh said, "I am not competent to send such reports. Whatever report is being referred to in the queries, was sent by the head office and not by me. The laboratory is not yet functional in Rohtak. In fact, our office also started functioning in Rohtak just three months ago. I have not done anything wrong. I am also not aware about any central grant (of Rs 95 lakh)."

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