The Center is about to launch a door-to-door distribution campaign for the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana (PMFBY) which entered its seventh year on Friday.
“The PMFBY will launch a door-to-door delivery campaign to provide crop insurance policies to farmers under the ‘Meri Mere Hath Policy’ in all implementing states,” the Department of Agriculture said. and Farmer Welfare in a statement.
The campaign aims to ensure that all farmers are well informed and have all the information about their policies, land records, complaints and grievance process under the PMFBY.
The announcement of the launch was made on February 18, 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sehore, Madhya Pradesh. The implementation started with the Kharif season that year and entered its seventh year with the 2022 Kharif season.
“A flagship program of the Government of India, PMFBY aims to provide financial support to farmers suffering from crop loss/damage resulting from natural calamities. Over 36 million farmer claims have been insured under the PMFBY, with over Rs 1,07,059 crore worth of claims has already been paid on February 4, 2022,” the statement read.
Launched six years ago, the scheme was revamped in 2020, allowing voluntary participation by farmers. It was also convenient for the farmer to report the crop loss within 72 hours of any event occurring – through the crop insurance app, CSC center or nearest agricultural agent – the benefits of claim being transferred electronically to the eligible farmer’s bank accounts.
Integration of Land Records with PMFBY’s National Crop Insurance Portal (NCIP), Crop Insurance mobile app for easy farmer registration, farmer premium disbursement through NCIP, a module Grant release and a claims release module through NCIP are some of the main features of the scheme, he says.
Through its state/district level grievance committees, the program also enables farmers to submit their grievances at the local level. This includes recognizing and addressing farmers’ grievances through IEC activities such as Crop Insurance Week, which is celebrated twice a year, PMFBY Paathshaala, social media campaigns, a toll-free hotline and email communication.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s recent announcement in her Budget Speech 2022-23 on the use of drones for crop insurance will further strengthen the integration of technology for smooth program implementation on the land, the statement added.
(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)