Telangana's Rythu Bandhu Insurance Scheme Excludes Large Sections Of Farmers
Almost all the farmers from Sitarampur are not eligible under any of the farmers’ schemes in the state as they cultivate endowment lands.
Ahead of the 2019 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the Telangana government has launched an insurance scheme for farmers, termed as ‘Rythu Bandhu Bheema’, but the real cultivators – landless tenant farmers, agricultural labourers who are considered to be most prone to distress among farming communities are not covered under this scheme. Various norms related to age-limit and land-holding categories have further left out a large number of farmers from the insurance scheme. Tragically, almost all the farmers from a village– Sitarampur are not covered under any of the government’s farming schemes.
The Plight of Sitarampur farmers
Sitarampur is a village in Shabad Mandal in Ranga Reddy district. When several farmers’ activists visited the village recently, it was found that none of the farmers there are eligible for any of the government schemes related to farming in the state, just because they cultivate on endowment lands or Devadaya Bhumulu. The farmers from this village are claiming that their lands have been under the possession of their ancestors for the last 200 years and agriculture in those lands has been their main source of livelihood. These farmers are demanding the government to recognize them as farmers by providing them with land documents so that they can avail the benefits of the farming schemes.
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