July 7, 2019
Bangla Govt running crop insurance scheme without any Central aid
The Bangla Government has been running crop insurance scheme for farmers on its own, after the Centre refused to provide its share of 20 per cent for every person insured.
The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said this in the Assembly on Wednesday, July 3, adding that the Trinamool Government has spent Rs 800 crore on the scheme. She stressed on the necessity of the scheme, saying the farmers benefit from it immensely.
Despite this refusal, she said, before the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Centre was sending letters to the people with a photograph of the prime minister, intending to claim credit for the scheme.
The Chief Minister also reminded the Assembly that due to the prolonged election schedule and the promulgation of the Model Code of Conduct, the registration process of farmers was put on hold.
Mamata Banerjee also talked about the Krishak Bandhu Scheme, another success of the Trinamool Government. It ensures a compensation of Rs 2 lakh in case of death of a farmer between the age group of 18 to 60 years and a yearly cash assistance of Rs 5,000 per acre. The financial assistance is paid in case of both natural and unnatural deaths.
More than 72 lakh farmers in the state are benefited through the scheme, which is a brainchild of the chief minister.
Both the crop insurance scheme and Krishak Bandhu are being implemented by the Agriculture Department.
Source: Millennium Post