Crop insurance claims of Rs 9,046-cr paid to 80 lakh farmers in Kharif 2018: Government

New Delhi, July 9 () The government has paid crop insurance claims worth Rs 9,046 million to 80 lakh farmers for the 2018 kharif season under PMFBY and RWBCIS, the Parliament was informed on Tuesday.

The government currently offers two crop insurance plans, namely, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and the Restructured Climate-Based Crops Insurance Plan (RWBCIS).

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said claims for Rs 9,046 had been paid to 80 lakh farmers under PMFBY and the RWBCIS climate index for the 2018 kharif season.

He said that it was a provisional fact and that some claims of kharif 2018 have not been reported.

The admissible claims under PMFBY are prepared on the basis of the performance data submitted by the state government in question and under RWBCIS on the basis of meteorological data from meteorological stations designated in the notification by the state government, he added.

PMFBY was launched in 2016, under which farmers pay a very nominal premium and obtain a total claim for damages. The scheme is being implemented in most states.

When asked if the government had a proposal to take measures to compensate farmers for the loss of crops under PMFBY by determining a year in which farmers obtained abundant harvests, the minister said that there is no proposal for this type under consideration of the government at this time.

However, the government has revised the operational guidelines of PMFBY for the Rab 2018-19 season and has streamlined the methodology for calculating the threshold year where the average performance data of the best five of the seven years are considered for the calculation of the amount of the claim, he said. The insurance unit for the calculation of admissible claims has also been reduced to the level of village panchayat to provide claims proportional to the damage to the yield of their crops, he added. LUX RUJ ANU