KalingaTV News Network
Bhubaneswar: In view of the inordinate delay in registering farmers in Odisha under the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) due to a link failure to central crop insurance portal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh urging him to extend the cut-off date for registration.
In his letter to Union Minister, Naveen wrote, “While the registration of the farmers had picked up momentum, the entire system got upset due to snags in the central crop insurance portal. The linking of common service centre portal (the main registration point for non-loanee farmers) to crop insurance portal had failed thereby increasing the load on the banks who were already busy with covering the loanee farmers. At this crucial juncture, the facilities of direct uploading of data by the banks as well as the offline utility also did not work.”
In his letter to Singh, Naveen urged him to issue a directive to effect an extension in the cut-off date for farmers’ registration process in the State till August 16.
Keeping in view the instructions of Government of India for covering at least 40% of the farming population of the State under PMFBY, Odisha Government has made elaborate plans to bring 25 lakh farmers and 20 lakh hectares area under the scheme to provide a safety net to the farmers.