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Crop damage in animal attacks put under insurance scheme on pilot basis

Crop damage in animal attacks put under insurance scheme on pilot basis
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The Union government has decided to cover damage to crops in wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an...

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna

New Delhi: The Union government has decided to cover damage to crops in wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis, Agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said.

"The damage to agricultural crops in attacks by wild animals will be covered under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) in one or two districts under a pilot project," Union Agricultural Minister Singh told PTI-Bhasha.

Several parliamentarians have been raising this issue from time to time and demanding insurance cover for damage to crops in animal attacks under the Centre's scheme.

The government has also brought under the PMFBY ambit certain horticultural crops on an experimental basis, the minister said.

Singh said damage to individual or limited number of cultivators in localised events like water logging, land slide, hailstorms etc did not fall under the ambit of the Centre's crop insurance scheme earlier, but they too are being covered now under new provisions.

"Following a two-year review of the scheme, now damage to the individual fields due to incidents of local disasters like cloud bursts and fire too are being taken up now for insurance claims," Singh said.

The provisions of the crop insurance scheme have been amended in consultation with various stakeholders after a review of its working for the last two years, the minister said, adding the amended provisions of the scheme have been implemented from October 2018.

The minister said the amended provisions for the scheme also stipulate fines in cases of delay in clearing the insurance claims for crop damage.

In case a firm now delays the clearances beyond two months, it will have to pay an annual interest of 12 per cent, Singh said.

Similarly, the state government too will have to pay an interest of 12 per cent in case of delay in release of state's share of subsidy in premium to insurance firms, the minister said.

He said the insurances firms will also have to spend 0.5 per cent of their earnings from annual premium to advertise the provisions of the PMFBY among the peasants.

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