A massive scam has been detected in the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) with allegation of fake LPG connections being provided to poor women beneficiaries in the State.
The scam came to the fore after a written complaint was lodged against an Indane gas agency owner at the Rajnagar police station.
As per the complaint lodged by Umesh Chandra Swain of Kani village in Mahulia panchayat under Rajnagar block in the district, the official record shows that a gas connection with consumer number 7056402451 was allotted to his wife Shantilata Swain under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala scheme on August 26, 2017 through a loan.
However, the fact is Shantilata had never applied for LPG connection under the scheme and someone else is getting benefits in her name, Swain alleged.
Shockingly, the Indane gas distributor was allegedly using AHL TIN number of a poor beneficiary of Loisinga area in Balangir district to provide LPG refilled cylinder, gas stove, pipe and regulators in name of Shantilata. Reports said the complainant Swain is a taxpayer and owns a LPG connection since 1994.
A complaint has been lodged regarding the scam and further action would be taken after discussions with senior officials, said Rajnagar IIC Sukant Kumar Patra.