Mumbai, Dec. 19 -- State agriculture department officials have found that 260 'farmers' in the city receive annual cash assistance of Rs.6,000 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, launched earlier this year, although the district collectorates of Mumbai suburban and Mumbai city said no farmers are registered in their jurisdictions. Admitting that some beneficiaries have been added to the list without due verification, the district collectors have now started conducting verification drives in villages.

While 256 of the 260 beneficiaries are from Mumbai suburbs, four are from the island city.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi government launched the PM Samman Nidhi scheme. Around 1.20 crore farmers in Mahara...