Paid Rs 6,600 as insurance premium under PMFBY | Memorandum submitted to DC

Deepender Deswal | Tribune News Service

Hisar, April 15

A farmer, Ravinder Singh, of Sarsana village paid Rs 6,600 as insurance premium for his cotton crop on four acres under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) during kharif season last year.

The crop was damaged due to whitefly attack and he managed to garner only 14 quintals from the four acres. But he was taken aback when he got the message that he has been given a claim of Rs 121 for the crop damage. Similarly, a number of farmers complained to the DC that they too have got paltry sums of Rs 40 to Rs 135 per acre as claim by the insurance firm. Farmers led by Kisan Sabha district president Shamsher Singh Nambardar today submitted a memorandum to the DC seeking adequate compensation for the crop loss.

Nambardar said the insurance firm had given the claim on the basis of crop cutting experiments (CCEs), which were carried out at the time of harvest of the crop. Deputy director, agriculture, Vinod Kumar Phogat, however, said the firm gives claim on the basis of losses either due to localised calamity or the CCEs, whichever was higher. (Source: