Bhubaneswar: In a bid to safeguard the interests of Odisha farmers, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh requesting him over extension of the deadline of registration of farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) till August 16.
The CM apprised Singh that Odisha is prone to various natural calamities with a long coastline and keeping in view of the Central Government’s target of covering at least 40 per cent of the farming population under the crop insurance scheme, the state government has made elaborate plans for covering 25 lakh farmers and 20 lakh hectares of agricultural land under the programme thereby providing a safety net to the farmers of the state.
Stating the registration process had gained momentum but all went wrong due to snags in the central crop insurance portal following which the banks failed to upload data of farmers. At certain places even the law and order problem arose due to failure of the system of registration.
The CM urged the Union Minister to issue directives for extension of the cut-off date for registration of farmers till 16th August.
“Registration for crop insurance has failed at many places due to snags in the portal. Hence, the last date of 31 July need to be extended and farmers be allowed for registering till 16th of August,” said Naveen.