MNRE issues new warning against fake websites claiming registration under PM-Kusum scheme

New Delhi: The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Energy Suraksha and Utthan Mahabhiyan (Pradhan Mantri Kusum) scheme has been implemented by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) under which grant up to 60 percent is provided for the beautification of agricultural pumps. The scheme is being implemented by the departments of the state government, in which farmers have to submit only 40 percent of the rest to the department. Details of these departments are available on the MNRE website www.mnre.gov.in.

After the launch of the scheme, it was observed that some websites claimed to be the registration portal for the PM-Kusum scheme. Such websites are deceiving the general public and collecting money and information from them through fake registration portals. In order to avoid any loss to the general public, MNRE had earlier issued a notice dated 18.03.2019, 03.06.2020, 10.07.2020, and again on 25.10.2020 to the beneficiaries and the general public with no registration fee on any such websites. It was advised to be cautious from submitting and sharing your information.

On getting information about such websites, action is taken against them by MNRE. Recently it has been noticed that some new websites (including www.kusumyojanaonline.in.net) have illegally claimed the registration portal for the PM-Kusum scheme. Also, through WhatsApp and other means, potential beneficiaries can be tried to confuse money loss. So again all potential beneficiaries and the general public are advised to avoid depositing money or information on such websites. Also, do not click on any unverified or suspicious link which makes the medicine for registration under the PM-Kusum scheme.

Newspapers are also advised to check the authenticity of websites claiming to be registration portals for government schemes before publishing on digital or print platforms.

MNRE does not register beneficiaries under the scheme through any of its websites and hence any website claiming to be MNRE’s registration website for the scheme is misleading and fraudulent. Any suspected fraudulent website, if visited by anyone, bother to inform MNRE immediately.

Information related to eligibility and implementation process for participation in the scheme is available on MNRE’s website www.mnre.gov.in. Interested people can visit MNRE’s website or call the toll-free helpline number 1800-180-3333.

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