* Govt stops website for ‘corrections’
* http://apcbsportal.ap.gov.in/ loanstatus to open on Tuesday again
* Ration card goof-ups cause ‘pareshan’
The Chandrababu Naidu government’s much-publicised web link giving details of crop loan waiver created more problems than it addressed. The details hosted on the website were ill-prepared, incomplete and confusing.
The site was initially difficult to access and finding that it was leading to disquiet among the formers, the AP government hurriedly stopped the website for maintenance and announced that the website would function normally from Tuesday.
RATION CARD LINKAGE: The farmers, who wanted to access their loan status had to enter their ration card or Aadhar card details. This effectively excluded few farmers. Secondly, using the ration card data, the government clubbed the farmers, who are members of a family but do farming separately. Thus many farmers were deprived of the loan waiver facility. In some more cases, farmers belonging to different households too were shown on the same ration card.
REMARKS CAUSE CONFUSION: In those cases, against the persons whose loan waiver claims have been rejected, the website showed ‘Family details not available’ in the remarks column. This again caused disquiet. In many cases, the names and details of the farmers have been wrongly entered rendering the farmers ineligible for loan waiver.
CLUBBING OF ALL NAMES: IN an effort to bring down the number of farmers eligible for loan waiver, the AP government sought to club the loans taken by various family members under one ration card. This effectively meant that the total amount of loan eligible for waiver was brought down to Rs 1.50 lakh.
The government admitted that there were over 80 lakh loan accounts in AP. But the site showed names of only 40.43 lakh farmers on the website. Of them, only 22.79 lakh were shown as eligible for the waiver scheme.
The website was hurriedly put together in the wake of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s hugely successful day-long dharna on December 5. But, it only helped to cause more confusion, bigger embarrassment and huge loss of face for the Chandrababu Naidu government.