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Crop damages in animal attacks put under PMFBY on pilot basis: Agri Minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has decided to cover damages to crops in wild animal attacks under the Pradhan Fasal Bima Yojna in select districts on an experimental basis, Agricultural has said.

"The damage to agricultural crops in attacks by wild animals will be covered under the Pradhan Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) in one or two districts under a pilot project," Singh told PTI-Bhasha.

Several parliamentarians have been raising this issue from time to time and demanding for damages to the crops in animal attacks under the Centre's scheme.

The government has also brought under the PMFBY ambit certain horticultural crops on an experimental basis, the said.

Singh said damages to individual or limited number of cultivators in localised events like water logging, land slide, hailstorms etc did not fall under the ambit of the Centre's earlier, but they too are being covered now under new provisions.

"Following a two-year review of the scheme, now damages to the individual fields due to incidents of local disasters like cloud bursts and fire too are being taken up now for insurance claims," Singh said.

The provisions of the have been amended in consultation with various stakeholders after a review of its working for the last two years, the minister said, adding the amended provisions of the scheme have been implemented from October 2018.

The minister said the amended provisions for the scheme also stipulate fines in cases of delay in clearing the for crop damages.

In case a firm now delays the clearances beyond two months, it will have to pay an annual interest of 12 per cent, Singh said.

Similarly the too will have to pay an interest of 12 per cent in case of delay in release of state's share of subsidy in premium to insurance firms, the minister said.

He said the insurances firms will also have to spend 0.5 per cent of their earnings from annual premium to advertise the provisions of the PMFBY among the peasants.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 21:35 IST