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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3435
ANSWERED ON:  07.08.2018
Beneficiaries under PMFBY
RAMA DEVI
VINOD KUMAR SONKAR
UDIT RAJ
S.P. MUDDAHANUMEGOWDA
PRABHAS KUMAR SINGH
LADU KISHORE SWAIN
RAJU ALIAS DEVAPPA ANNA SHETTI
Will the Minister of



AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE be pleased to state:-


(a) the details of the crops covered under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and the funds provided to each State/Union Territory during the last four years and the current year along with the trend of budgetary allocation as subsidy for the Yojana in the Budget 2018-19 from the erstwhile insurance schemes;

(b) whether the Government proposes to include more crops under PMFBY, if so, the details thereof;

(c) the details of the implementation and coverage of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) after its implementation in the country, State-wise, Kharif and rabi crop-wise, farmer category-wise and year-wise;

(d) the details of the premium paid to the insurance companies after the implementation of PMFBY, company-wise, State-wise, year-wise, rabi and Kharif crop-wise;

(e) the number of farmers including small and marginal farmers who have been paid the amount of insurance claim by the said insurance companies after the implementation of the said scheme along with the details thereof, company-wise, State-wise including Odisha;

(f) whether any monitoring committee has been set up to review the said scheme, if so, the details thereof; and

(g) the steps taken by the Government to cover maximum number of farmers under the scheme?



ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE

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(a) & (b): Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) envisages coverage of all (i) Food Crops (Cereals, Millets and Pulses (ii) Oilseeds and (iii) Annual Commercial/ Annual Horticultural crop and are notified by the concerned State Government subject to availability of past yield data and conducting of requisite number of Crop Cutting Experiments (CCEs) for estimation of yield of crop. However, for crops for which yield estimation is not carried out through CCEs, can be covered under Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS). The scheme is a Central Sector Scheme, therefore, funds for Government of India’s share of 50% subsidy in premium are released to the central agency namely Agriculture Insurance Company of India Ltd. (AIC) and not to the States/Union Territories. AIC in turn releases the funds to other implementing insurance companies. Details of funds provided for PMFBY from its inception from Kharif 2016 are given in the following table :

Year Funds Allocated (In Rs. crore)*
2016-17 11054.63
2017-18 9419.79
2018-19 13014.15
* Including funds for meeting the committed liabilities
of the Government under erstwhile schemes.

(c) to (e): State-wise, Kharif and Rabi crop season-wise, year-wise and insurance company-wise details of coverage are given in Annexure. More than 80% of farmers who are covered under the scheme are small and marginal farmers.

(f): As per provisions of the scheme, State Level Coordination Committee on Crop Insurance (SLCCCI) of the concerned State is responsible for monitoring of the scheme in their State. District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) monitors the scheme at district level. A National Level Monitoring Committee (NLMC) under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Credit), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare with members from all States, insurance companies, financial institutions and other departments of Government of India and national level institutions concerned with the scheme monitors the scheme at national level.

(g): Government has taken several initiatives including active involvement of all stakeholders especially States and implementing insurance companies for conduct of publicity campaign/awareness programmes including organization of camps in the rural areas to build farmer awareness about crop insurance schemes. Insurance companies have been asked to utilize 0.5% of gross premium collected by them for publicity and awareness generation. Other activities for awareness generation involve the publicity of features and benefits of the scheme through advertisements in leading National/local News Papers, telecast through audio-visual media, distribution of pamphlets in local languages, participation in agriculture fairs / mela / goshti, dissemination of SMS through Kisan Portal/national crop insurance portal and conduct of workshops/ trainings State officials, financial institutions and farmers. For non-loanee farmers since crop insurance is optional, the Common Service Centres (CSCs) and online enrolment have been activated to provide the services besides traditional modes like banks and insurance intermediaries.


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