BHOPAL: A sum of Rs 3,061 has been disbursed to 52 farmers who lost their soybean crop during the 2016 Kharif season in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh under the Prime Minister’s Crop Insurance Scheme.
Interestingly, it was in Sehore (the home district of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan) that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious crop insurance scheme in February last year.
Also, the district is among the four that makeup Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s Lok Sabha constituency of Vidisha.
Farmers who paid large sums as insurance premiums ended up receiving a paltry amount as compensation.
Ajab Singh, a farmer got merely Rs 43, while another, farmer Dhanpal Singh, who paid Rs 1,342 as premium for a Rs 7,000 worth insurance scheme got Rs 49 as compensation under the ambitious scheme.
Likewise, Neela Bai, a farmer who lost much of the soybean crop grown on his 22-acre land, got Rs 192.24 as compensation. He had paid Rs 5,220 as an insurance premium.
A farmer named Badami Lal received just Rs 4.70 under Prime Minister’s flagship scheme.
The manager of the primary cooperative committee Kriparam Malviya, talking to the New Indian Express confirmed that a sum of Rs 3,061.50 is being paid to 52 farmers from the Tiladiya village of Sehore district on Tuesday.
“The farmers, instead of taking cheques of such paltry amounts, have asked me to debit the compensation received from their Kisan Credit Card dues,” said Malviya.
“We don’t know how the loss of crop has been surveyed by the concerned revenue department officials, but there is palpable disquiet among these farmers over what they have received as compensation for the lost soybean crop,” Malviya added.