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Insurance company leaves cotton farmers dry: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Deepender Deswal

Hisar, September 29

The crop insurance claim forms of nearly 29,000 farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana have been returned by Reliance General Insurance under one pretext or another, leaving the claimants dry.

Return forms of 29,000 farmers

  • More than 41,000 farmers apply for insurance for their kharif crops
  • Reliance General Insurance returns 29,000 forms
  • When contacted, a company official said he was looking into the matter as producers cried foul

Nearly 41,000 farmers had applied for insurance of their kharif crops like cotton, bajra and guar by depositing their premium share. The the last date was August 31. Farm activist Anil Kumar said farmers uploaded materials using the services of joint service centers. “No objections were raised then. On September 22, the company returned a large number of applications, all related to the cotton crop which suffered extensive damage due to recent rains in the district.

Among the reasons mentioned were the inadequacy of the insured areas and the lack of a land register, a seed certificate or a tenant declaration.

Contacted, Rajshekhar Singh, District Manager, Reliance General Insurance, gave the contact of another official for clarification on the matter. Soumita, a company spokeswoman, said she needed a few days to get the details. An official said the company had promised to validate the insurance forms of farmers who cleared objections.