18 May, 2021

Chinks In The Calamity Shield

The many slips between crop insurance and its beneficiaries

Illustration by Sajith Kumar
Chinks In The Calamity Shield
outlookindia.com
2017-04-01T11:00:37+05:30

One year after the repackaged central crop-insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) became operational, several shortcomings, particularly in implementation, are leading to delays in compensation ­payment to distressed farmers. The rising number of farmers’ suicides shows that the PMFBY, which subsumed all previous schemes, has failed to address many ­systemic lacunae.

“The scheme is good, but a mechanism has to be in place for timely implementation and payment of compensation,” says Dr Panjab Singh, president of the Natio­nal Academy of Agricultural Sciences. “It has to address what we project and propose to see that all the issues are covered within a fixed time span. This includes assessment of crop and damage to be compensated for.”

Echoes Mohini Mohan Mishra, national secretary of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), “The government is projecting much more than what is being implemented. It is still a pilot project and not a full-fledged scheme.”

On the positive side, Mishra...

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