BEWARE! Fraudulent websites inviting registration under PM-KUSUM Scheme; 2 named in crackdown against online phishing
Government has issued a warning against online phishing and other economic fraud to the applicants seeking registration under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.
Government has issued a warning against online phishing and other economic fraud to the applicants seeking registration under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), today, issued a fresh advisory against fraudulent websites claiming registration under PM-KUSUM Scheme and asked applicants to remain away from the two websites — https://kusum-yojana.co.in/ and https://www.onlinekusumyojana.co.in/.
Warning against online fraud and data stealing, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) said, "It is recently noticed that two new websites have recently cropped up illegally claiming registration portal for PM-KUSUM Scheme. Web addresses of the said websites are https://kusum-yojana.co.in/ and https://www.onlinekusumyojana.co.in/. The miscreants behind these websites are potentially duping the general public and misusing data captured through these fake portals. While MNRE is taking action against the miscreants behind these websites, it is advised to all potential beneficiaries and the general public by the ministry to be informed and avoid depositing money or data on these websites."
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It may be stated that administrative approval for the PM-KUSUM Scheme was issued by MNRE on 08.03.2019. Guidelines for implementation of Scheme were issued on 22nd July 2019. The Scheme provides for installation of solar pumps, solarization of existing grid-connected agricultural pumps and installation of grid connected renewable power plants. After the launch of the Scheme, it was noticed that few websites have cropped up claiming to be registration portals for PM-KUSUM Scheme. To avoid any loss to the general public, MNRE had earlier issued advisories on 18th March 2019 and 03 June 2020, advising beneficiaries and the general public to refrain from depositing any registration fee and sharing their data on such websites.
The Ministry said that all information regarding eligibility for participation in the Scheme and implementation procedure is available on MNRE’s website mnre.gov.in. Interested people among the general public may visit MNRE website or call on toll free help line number 1800-180-3333.
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