Country’s biggest and first ever crop insurance claim distribution programme will start on Saturday from Ujjain district in which claims worth Rs 4,416 crore will be distributed to 20.4 lakh farmers of the state, according to a statement made by the Madhya Pradesh government.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Sehore district on February 18 this year.
Minister for farmers welfare and agriculture development Gourishankar Bisen said that the farmers who lost kharif crop in 2015 due to natural calamities are being benefited under the PM Crop Insurance Scheme. He said earlier the chief minister had distributed Rs 4,600 crore relief amount against the loss to kharif crop in 2015 from the disaster fund. “Therefore farmers will receive over Rs 9,000 crore compensation amount against their losses,” the minister said, adding that MP was the second state in the country, which had distributed a big relief of Rs 2,187 crore to 14 lakh farmers against the damage to kharif crop in 2013.
Bisen said the crop insurance claim distribution will take place in all the 51 districts of the state with the inauguration of the scheme by Chouhan at Ujjain. “Camps will be held at all tehsils. Besides letter of the CM, certificate of insurance claim amount will be provided to the farmers in the camps. If any beneficiary is unable to attend the programme then revenue officer will himself handover the certificate by visiting his home,” he said.
Bisen said Chouhan will also present a roadmap to the farmers to double the agriculture income during the programme. “All the district collectors will inform about the roadmap in the districts. Furthermore, approval letters for agriculture equipment like sprinklers, drip set, seed cum fertilizer drill, seed under the Annapurna Scheme, keys of tractors etc will be provided to the beneficiaries during the programme,” he said.
Bisen said that 40 lakh farmers, including 4 lakh farmers who had not obtained loans, were linked to the Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme in the state.
Live telecast of the inauguration
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s address in Ujjain on Saturday will be telecast live at all the district level conventions and in gram panchayats. Directives have already been issued to all the district collectors for making necessary arrangements.