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'For farmers' security': PM Fasal Bima Yojana completes 5 years

The Union agriculture ministry on Tuesday urged farmers to take advantage of the scheme.
Claims worth Rs90,000 crore have so far been disbursed to farmers since the launch of the scheme on January 13, 2016, Union agriculture ministry said,
Claims worth Rs90,000 crore have so far been disbursed to farmers since the launch of the scheme on January 13, 2016, Union agriculture ministry said,
Updated on Jan 13, 2021 02:28 PM IST
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Govt injects Rs 36,000 crore of direct cash to farmers since lockdown began

Under PM-KISAN, the government provides income support of Rs 6000 a year to farmers with a valid enrolment, paid in three equal cash transfers of Rs 2000 -- one every four months.
(HT FILE PHOTO)
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Updated on Apr 19, 2020 04:35 AM IST
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Govt to take Aadhaar help for new farmers’ database

The proposed database has been made possible by the mandatory use of a beneficiary’s Aadhaar -- the 12-digit biometric identity -- for all rural schemes, according to the first official. It will be a “unified and integrated IT-based” repository, containing multiple information about a farm household, from financial details to landholdings data, the official said.
The Union government will use Aadhaar-based data generated from key farm-sector programmes such as PM-KISAN and soil health cards to build a new farmers’ database (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The Union government will use Aadhaar-based data generated from key farm-sector programmes such as PM-KISAN and soil health cards to build a new farmers’ database (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 27, 2019 02:37 AM IST
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Govt may tweak farm insurance scheme for crops

Although several changes to better implement the scheme have already been made since its launch in 2016, delayed payouts, verification of claims, and disputes continue to be big hurdles.
Agriculture - Paddy - A farmer sprinkle fertilizers on a rice crop on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, Wednesday, June 24, 2009. India's monsoon rainfall, the main source of irrigation for the country's 235 million farmers, may be below normal this year, the government said on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)(AP)
Agriculture - Paddy - A farmer sprinkle fertilizers on a rice crop on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, Wednesday, June 24, 2009. India's monsoon rainfall, the main source of irrigation for the country's 235 million farmers, may be below normal this year, the government said on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)(AP)
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 07:13 AM IST
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With Naveen Patnaik’s 5Ts mantra, Odisha officials turn pro-people

District collector Vijay Amrita Kulange got out of his official vehicle in Bharasa village of Khallikote block, rolled up his trousers and waded into the muddy field as they were busy transplanting paddy saplings.
District collector of Ganjam district planted saplings.(HT photo)
District collector of Ganjam district planted saplings.(HT photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2019 02:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

Barmer farmers set to get crop insurance of Rs 1,000 cr: Official

Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a farmer has to pay only 2 percent of total premium, while the state and central government bear the rest of the amount equally.
Barmer has been facing severe drought over the last 10 years, barring the financial year 2010-11.(HT Photo)
Barmer has been facing severe drought over the last 10 years, barring the financial year 2010-11.(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 19, 2019 01:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Barmer | ByMukesh Mathrani

Government mulls algorithm boost to farm insurance payouts

The government is experimenting with big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to quicken assessment of crop damage, a lengthy and often disputed mechanism, people familiar with the matter said.
The Union agriculture ministry is looking at algorithms to fix delays in paying farmers their claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a major issue hobbling the flagship crop insurance scheme(Arvind Yadav / HT File)
The Union agriculture ministry is looking at algorithms to fix delays in paying farmers their claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, a major issue hobbling the flagship crop insurance scheme(Arvind Yadav / HT File)
Updated on May 27, 2019 08:17 AM IST
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Congress looks to shift campaign pitch

Ahead of the last two phases of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is trying hard to shift the narrative from nationalism back to the performance of Narendra Modi and his government in implementing centrally sponsored welfare schemes in the last five years.
The Congress and its chief, Rahul Gandhi, have so far kept up the attack on Modi and the BJP primarily through the Rafale fighter jet deal, alleged bank scams, agrarian distress and unemployment.(ANI FILE PHOTO)
The Congress and its chief, Rahul Gandhi, have so far kept up the attack on Modi and the BJP primarily through the Rafale fighter jet deal, alleged bank scams, agrarian distress and unemployment.(ANI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 08, 2019 12:30 PM IST
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Losses caused to India doubled due to change in climate

The decadal data shows that about 16 extreme climate events took place on average every year between 1998 and 2017 compared to 10 events annually between 1978 and 1997.
The report, titled ‘Assessing India’s Mounting Climate Losses to Financial Institutions’,(AP File Photo)
The report, titled ‘Assessing India’s Mounting Climate Losses to Financial Institutions’,(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2019 07:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Centre eases insurance claim rules for farmers

State governments will have to devote 2% of their annual budget to a slew of measures tied to the farm insurance programme.
The new rule means insurance firms will not be able to verify claims or carry out further checks to ascertain the validity of claims of farmers if they don’t do it within two months.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
The new rule means insurance firms will not be able to verify claims or carry out further checks to ascertain the validity of claims of farmers if they don’t do it within two months.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Published on Nov 27, 2018 08:10 AM IST
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Centre’s farm insurance scheme a hit or flop? RTI reveals sharp rise in gross premiums

Information obtained under RTI Act reveals sharp rise in gross premiums, drop in farmers enrolled in 2017-18 under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
Compared to 2014-15 and 2015-16 (the immediate preceding years when two older crop insurance schemes were in force), premiums shot up nearly 348% – from about Rs 10,560 crore to about Rs 47,408 crore.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Compared to 2014-15 and 2015-16 (the immediate preceding years when two older crop insurance schemes were in force), premiums shot up nearly 348% – from about Rs 10,560 crore to about Rs 47,408 crore.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 23, 2018 07:18 AM IST
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India’s flagship crop insurance scheme a big leap, but needs fixes

The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has achieved a better design by merging multiple insurance schemes into one, simplifying norms and cutting down premiums, the evaluation shows.
An Indian farmer watering crop of cauliflowers in his field near the banks of Yamuna River in New Delhi on October 12.(AFP Photo)
An Indian farmer watering crop of cauliflowers in his field near the banks of Yamuna River in New Delhi on October 12.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2018 09:03 AM IST
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Crop premium subsidy only up to 7 hectares in Rajasthan

The move will save the state 60 crore this kharif season.
Farmers show crops destroyed by rain and hailstorm in Rajasthan.(HT File Photo)
Farmers show crops destroyed by rain and hailstorm in Rajasthan.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2018 10:07 PM IST
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Insurance companies failing to clear claims of farmers to repay with interest: Agriculture minister

The minister said the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana provides insurance cover at all stages of the crop cycle including post harvest risks in specified instances.
Insurance companies that fail to clear claims of farmers for crop loss within two months will have to repay with 12 per cent interest.(AP file photo)
Insurance companies that fail to clear claims of farmers for crop loss within two months will have to repay with 12 per cent interest.(AP file photo)
Published on Jul 31, 2018 02:46 PM IST
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‘Crop insurance scheme benefitting firms, withdraw it’

Alleging that insurance companies are looting both farmers and government, an organisation of farmers on Monday demanded from the centre to withdraw the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
The centre should remove the insurance companies and pay the crop damages to farmers like it was doing earlier, but after removing corruption in the agriculture department, said Vivekanand Mathne, the RKSS convener(HT File)
The centre should remove the insurance companies and pay the crop damages to farmers like it was doing earlier, but after removing corruption in the agriculture department, said Vivekanand Mathne, the RKSS convener(HT File)
Updated on Jun 25, 2018 09:50 PM IST
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BKS demands policy changes to end farmers’ woes, threatens stir

The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh on Monday demanded changes in policies to ensure fair price and adequate risk cover for crops, and create conditions in which farmers will not go for loans
Supporters of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh at a sit-in Alwar on Monday.(HT Photo)
Supporters of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh at a sit-in Alwar on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2018 11:21 PM IST
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Lucknow varsity exam questions on Modi govt schemes spark row

University of Lucknow students, appearing in the BCom (final year) applied economics (Indian economic structure) paper, were asked questions on various schemes of the Modi government, sparking a controversy.
While a left wing students’ body protested against the act of the varsity and uploaded the question paper on social media, university vice chancellor SP Singh said he saw “nothing wrong in it.”.(HT Photo)
While a left wing students’ body protested against the act of the varsity and uploaded the question paper on social media, university vice chancellor SP Singh said he saw “nothing wrong in it.”.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 19, 2018 08:33 PM IST
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