Crop Insurance Scheme has nothing substantial to offer: CPI (M)

Jammu: State Secretary, CPI(M) J&K, Ghulam Nabi Malik has said that there is a little in Crop Insurance Scheme to justify the government’s claim that it is a path-breaking scheme for farmers’ welfare as many shortcomings existing in previous schemes are yet to be removed.
“For instance, the crops to be insured are yet to be decided. Similarly, the premium is high for both Rabi and horticulture crops and an individual farmer has not been considered as the basic unit to be insured in the new crop insurance policy that has been approved by Governor led administration in Jammu and Kashmir,” Malik in a statement issued here on Sunday.
He said that ‘frost’ that causes huge damages to various crops has not been included in the category of calamities and only 10 per cent land has been decided to be brought under this scheme during current fiscal year.
The CPI (M) leader observed that Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) has nothing substantial to offer to this hapless section of the society. “This policy seems as a dressed up version of existing crop insurance schemes without addressing any basic issues.”

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