Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday requested the Centre to restore the state government’s share to 50 per cent in Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna premium. He also said that crop insurance companies must set up offices at districts.
“For the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, the state’s share in premium should be restored to 50 per cent. The crop insurance companies should have offices at the district level so that farmers can contact the insurance representatives,” he said, adding that the Union government must take measures to ensure that farmers get loans on time.
Uddhav was speaking at a video conference meeting called by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to review reforms in the agriculture sector.
Officials said as per norms, farmers pay 2 per cent amount of crop insurance premium while the Centre contributes 30 per cent. “The state pays the remaining amount. Earlier, the Union and state governments used to pay 50 per cent amount each,” said an official, adding that the state now has an additional burden of over Rs 400 crore due to this.