Worried over the increasing uneasiness among the farmer community towards the party and the government, BJP president Amit Shah used the crop insurance scheme, cleared by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday, to reach out to the farmers saying that the scheme, which he termed as the biggest step taken by any government in independent India for the community and that they will draw “maximum benefit by paying minimal premium.”
Shah, who called the media at his residence to praise the Union Cabinet decision to clear Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, said it is a comprehensive pro-farmer scheme that will help the farmers to reduce their burden.
“It will ease the farmers of the complex rules of the earlier crop insurance scheme and can avail maximum benefits,” the minister said. “For years, farmers were caught in the complexities of existing insurance schemes and were not able to avail all benefits. Now the government has come out with a scheme under which they will be able to draw the maximum benefits by paying minimal premium.”
“Under the scheme, simple and smart technology will be used to expedite the settlement of the claims,” Shah said.
“I think this decision will rank among the biggest decisions taken for the welfare of farmers since Independence,” he said.
The BJP had to face criticism for its Land Acquisition bill with the Opposition led by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi projecting it as “anti farmer” government. The government was forced to withdraw the proposed changes in the bill. Party hopes that today’s cabinet decision will help it to regain the trust of farmers.
Shah, who projected the BJP as a pro-farmer party at a meeting of farmers two days ago in Uttar Pradesh, where his stakes are high in the assembly election due next year, briefed the media on how the new scheme would be different from the old one launched by the previous UPA government. He said the “capping” clause in the crop insurance earlier had blocked the farmers from getting adequate compensation for their crop loss.