WARANGAL: With the date scheduled for the implementation of farmers’ insurance scheme (Rythu Bheema) around the corner, the agriculture department has expedited the process of collecting filled applications of the eligible farmers in the erstwhile Warangal district. Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) will implement an insurance scheme for farmers in the state falling between the age group of 18 and 59 years for an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh. The scheme will commence on August 15.
In Warangal urban district, the agriculture officials have identified 64,273 farmers who are eligible for the scheme and about 40,000 filled applications have been received so far. Similarly, the officials have identified 1,35,781 eligible farmers in the Warangal rural district and 70,515 filled applications have been received by the officials. According to agriculture officials, the scheme has been getting a good response from the farmers and the community has been coming forward to join the scheme.
But here comes the catch. The agriculture officials face a tough time to get the farmers to fill the application properly as well as uploading the applications online. It is almost the entire staff in the department that is involved in the exercise. “It has become very difficult for us to upload the applications as we have to fill it again online. It is consuming a lot of time,” an agriculture staff stated.
Though over 40,000 filled applications of the insurance scheme had been received in Warangal rural district, so far only 11,000 had been uploaded in Warangal urban district. Similarly, out of the total 70,515 filled application received from Warangal rural district, only 18,156 have been uploaded so far.
The officials have to upload over 53,000 applications from Warangal urban and 1,17,625 from Warangal rural. With just over one week left for the officials to upload all the applications, the officials are a worried lot and working overtime to meet the deadline.