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Maharashtra farmer gets Rs 1.76 as crop damages | India News

AURANGABAD: Krushna Raut (32), a Maharashtra farmer who had claimed insurance for crop loss under the PM Fasal Bima Yojana after September rain ravaged his two-acre farm in Dhasala village of Parbhani district, received Rs 1.76. He had spent Rs 25,000 to sow soybean, tur dal and gram. Two other farmers got Rs 14.21 and Rs 37.31 as compensation.
Raut had paid an insurance premium of Rs 455 and another Rs 200 later for crop-loss assessment, against which he had been expecting to be sanctioned a compensation of around Rs 27,000 an acre. “The amount I received is a joke,” he said.
He isn’t the only one to have received a pittance as compensation under the central scheme. Farmer Gajanan Chavan said, “Of the four crops I sowed on three acres of land, I got Rs 14.21 as compensation for damage to one, Rs 1,200 for another and nothing for the remaining two. I had paid over Rs 1,800 as premium.” Gajanan’s brother Vikram said he kept calling the insurer’s helpline, but received no response.
Farmer Pandurang Kadam, a 33-year-old science postgraduate, received Rs 37.31 as compensation for one crop and Rs 327 for another. He owns two acres of land. While his premium was Rs 595, his brother Indrajit paid Rs 1,980 and got compensation of Rs 73.42 and Rs 260 respectively for damage to two crops.
Parbhani district collector Aanchal Sood said the administration was reviewing claims by farmers. “Total insurance compensation of Rs 160.9 crore has been released to around 5 lakh farmers. For post-harvest losses, another Rs 33 crore will be given to 88,000 farmers.”
Agriculture superintendent Vijay Lokhande didn’t respond to calls from TOI.
Farmers claimed the situation wasn’t limited to a particular district. According to data, 6.7 lakh farmers in Parbhani have paid premiums totalling Rs 48.2 crore to private insurance companies to insure crops spread across 4.4 lakh hectares.

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