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Puducherry farmers seek Lt Governor’s intervention for long pending claims

- May 30, 2024

Puducherry, May 30 (BPNS)

Farmers of Puducherry who faced heavy crop losses during rains and flooding between November 18 and December 10, 2021 in the Union Territory have sought the intervention of Puducherry Lt. Governor C.P. Radhakrishnan to get their long overdue claims.

A total of 464 farmers from Puducherry and Karaikal regions of the Union Territory are awaiting indemnity claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

Puducherry farmers association leader V. Chandrashekar told media persons that an inter ministerial team led by Rajiv Sharma, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs ,Government of India had assessed the damages.

He said that the indemnity claims are to be settled based on yield data from crop cutting experiments and the insurance company is mandated to settle claims at 90% for all Kharif and Rabi-II crops within three weeks of receiving the yield data.

The farmer’s leader said that despite multiple representations, the director of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare who is the State Nodal officer for the scheme did not pursue the National Insurance Company which had a contract till March 31, 2023. Chandrashekar said that despite this indemnity claims for samba.

However an official of the Additional Director (Agronomy) and Scheme and Implementing department told IANS that the insurance intermediaries appointed by the company failed to enrol the 464 farmers out of over 8000 applicants in the national crop insurance portal.

The official said that the inconsistencies in names across identification documents and bank and IFSC codes were cited as the reason behind this.

The Ministry has reopened the portal after the agriculture department approached it but the insurance company is yet to complete the process and hence the delay. He said that the matter is being taken up with the central government for the discrepancies to be rectified. The Official also said that the claims worth Rs 7.6 crore were settled for over 8000 farmers from the Union territory through Direct Benefit Transfer about 10 months ago.