Last Date Of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
On Tuesday, the state government of Odisha urged the centre to extend the last date for the registration under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The state has specifically asked for the last date of August 16, 2017 for this scheme.
Why this extension is asked?
Odisha is a state with a long coast line and therefore it is subject to various natural calamities. In fact, drought, flood, etc. are normal along the coastline. Therefore the farmers have been having a tough time keeping up with the registration procedure.
Recently the government had set up campaigns as prescribed by the center to help spread the awareness and include farmers under PMFBY. In fact the state government had planned to cover 25 lakh farmers under this scheme. This is why they were providing a safety net to about 20 lakh hectares to the farmers.
All of this was proving to be useful and the scheme was gaining momentum but the entire scheme went down the rail. This was because the Crop Insurance Portal hit a snag and was unable to provide services to the system. This is why the farmers were unable to fill up the forms for a long period of time.
Also, the banks were also getting overloaded with registration facilities because of the snag and they were unable to handle such a large number of farmers at a fast rate. This is why the farmers had to work extra time for registering under this scheme – even leading to the disruption of law and order during the process.
State’s Suggestion to Center
Keeping in view of the above issues faced by the people, the government has asked that the last date be extended till 16th August 2017. They are hopeful that within this time frame most of the farmers of the state shall be able to get the benefits of this scheme.
What led to the offline registration failure?
The offline registration was mainly dependent upon the banking system. The banks, however, were already busy with the loanee farmers. They were not ready to tackle this large number of farmers who were redirected there only because of the system failure.
Not just that, due to the large volume of people who were coming for the registration process, some places in Odisha had to be under vigilance. Law and order was not followed as farmers had to travel long distances to submit their forms because of the deadline. The result was that some eligible farmers were still unable to submit their forms.
Naveen Patnaik has once again shown concern for the farmers for his state. It now remains to be seen if the center grants him an approval for this deadline.