Rajasthan: After a Prolonged Battle, Farmers Get Crop Insurance Claims -Shruti Jain
In 2018, farmers, who had been denied insurance claims after the Agriculture Insurance Company of India refunded their premiums, filed a PIL before the Rajasthan high court.
Jaipur: After almost three years of legal battle against a public sector insurance company and a state-run co-operative bank that arbitrarily denied them insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), farmers in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur have finally received their share of claims for the Kharif 2016 crop season.
The matter pertains to Satlana gram panchayat of Jodhpur where thousands of farmers were denied insurance claims because the Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited (AIC), a public sector insurance company, refunded their premiums to the Jodhpur Central Co-operative Committee Bank, a year after they were paid, simply because the insurance details weren’t provided in a “soft copy.” The bank, too, didn’t make any effort to credit the refund in farmers’ accounts.
These farmers, with the support of their sarpanch Bhala Ram Patel, had filed a public interest litigation in 2018 before the Rajasthan high court’s Jodhpur bench.
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TheWire.in, 8 November, 2020, https://thewire.in/agriculture/rajasthan-farmers-pmfby-insurance-claims