Govt issues fresh advisory against fraudulent websites for PM-KUSUM scheme

New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), today issued a fresh advisory against fraudulent websites claiming registration under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.

In a statement, the Ministry of Power said, “It is recently noticed that two new websites have cropped up as illegal claiming registration portal for PM-KUSUM Scheme. Web addresses of these websites are https://kusum-yojana.co.in/ and https://www.onlinekusumyojana.co.in/.”

The ministry said that such websites are potentially duping the general public and misusing data captured through fake registration portal.

“While MNRE is taking action against the miscreants behind these websites, it is advised to all potential beneficiaries and general public by the ministry to be informed and avoid depositing money or data on these websites,” read an official statement.

Apart from that, news portals are also advised to check the authenticity of websites claiming to be registration portal for government schemes before publishing them on digital or print platforms.

The administrative approval for PM-KUSUM Scheme was issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on March 8, 2019. While guidelines for implementation of the scheme were issued on June 22, 2019, the statement said.

Under the scheme, installation of solar pumps, solarization of existing grid-connected agricultural pumps and installation of grid-connected renewable power plants is provided.

Earlier, MNRE had issued advisories on 18.03.2019 and 03.06.2020, advising beneficiaries and general public to refrain from depositing any registration fee and sharing their data on such websites, the ministry said.

Besides, all stakeholders are informed that Scheme being implemented through state government agencies, and the list of these agencies, implementation guidelines and other details about the Scheme are available on the official portal of the Ministry: www.mnre.gov.in.

Thus, interested people among the general public may visit the MNRE website or call on helpline number 1800-180-3333, it added.

-RJV/ARK