In-charge Deputy Commissioner V. Venkateshamurthy has suggested that bank officials cooperate in reaching benefits of various insurance schemes to eligible farmers in the district. Mr. Venkateshamurthy has directed the Lead Bank to take steps in this direction. Difficulties faced by farmers at banks in connection with implementation of weather-based crop insurance scheme and the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme came to light at a meeting convened at the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Tuesday. Assistant directors, agriculture, of various taluks complained that banks are not responding in the expected manner to farmers eligible to get benefits under crop insurance schemes. Shortage of staff at Raitha Samparka Kendras is impeding officials from reaching the benefits to beneficiaries.

— Staff Correspondent