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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 1:00 AM (IST)

Farmers yet to get kharif dues

Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20

Farmers of Haryana are yet to get their dues for the low yield of kharif crop under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) as the harvesting of the next rabi crop is about to begin.

As per the official data assessed by The Tribune, insurance companies collected Rs 251.42 crore as premium for kharif crops in 2016 but till date, they have paid only Rs 9.86 crore to farmers towards their claims.

The companies collected Rs 116.27 crore as premium for cotton crop, Rs 118.40 crore for paddy, Rs 16.50 crore for bajra and Rs 25 lakh for maize crop.

The companies collected a maximum of Rs 49.83 crore as premium from Hisar district, followed by Rs 40 crore from Bhiwani. Faridabad Rs 72 lakh, Gurugram Rs 1.09 crore and Panchkula with a premium of Rs 1.14 crore are among the districts where the companies collected the minimum premium.

The official data shows that the insurance companies have so far paid Rs 9.86 crore as claims to farmers for their losses.

Jhajjar district received the major share with claims of Rs 2.92 crore settled, followed by Hisar with Rs 1.79 crore and Bhiwani Rs 1.52 crore.

In contrast, no claim has been paid in Panchkula and Ambala districts.

Sources said the insurance companies have so far paid individual claims of farmers, which are paid in case of loss due to hail, waterlogging or unseasonal rains.

No claims have so far been paid for farmers’ loss due to lesser average yield which is calculated on the basis of crop cutting experiments.

Congress MLA from Palwal Karan Singh Dalal alleged that the farmers were being fleeced in the name of PMFBY.

The Congress had been objecting to the forced insurance of farmers’ crops, but the government had been swindling the farmers in connivance with the insurance companies, he alleged.

Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar, however, said the yield-based claims of farmers would be paid very soon.

“In crop cutting experiments carried in all villages, less than average yield has been recorded in 2,978 out of 6,700 villages. Farmers of these villages will get their claims, which may cross Rs 200 crore, very soon,” he said.

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