Instead, implement NAIS throughout the State, the party tells Naveen

Odisha unit of the CPI (M) urged the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to withdraw implementation of Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) for crop insurance in ten selected districts of the State.

The CPI (M) demanded the Chief Minister to intervene and implement National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) through out the State in stead. State secretariat member of the CPI (M) Ali Kishor Patnaik through a letter has drawn the attention of the Chief Minister towards this issue and demand of the party regarding it.

At present most of the States, including Odisha are continuing with the NAIS or Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana (RKBY), which is operational since 1999 and is managed by Agricultural Insurance Company Ltd, (AIC), a public sector organisation. The CPI (M) leader Mr Patnaik said the AIC Ltd. and banks are well equipped to handle crop insurance in the country.

But the Central government came up with the MNAIS as a pilot project to be taken up in 50 districts of the country.

Odisha State government for some reason accepted the implementation of MNAIS in its ten districts although whether to accept it or not was optional for State government.

Out of the ten districts of Odisha chosen for pilot project of MNAIS, in Cuttack, Nayagarh and seven blocks of Balasore and Bhadrak, the AIC Ltd. continues to be the implementer of crop insurance. In Jajpur, Puri, Ganjam and eight blocks of Balasore and Bhadrak districts, ICICI Lombard GIC Ltd and in Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda districts and four blocks of Balasore district, HDFC Ergo GIC Ltd. are the implementing agencies.

The CPI (M) lamented the fact that these private insurance players were allowed to enter the crop insurance field for the first time without taking consent of the farmers.

According to Mr. Patnaik, after implementation of MNAIS the paddy farmers of Ganjam district would have to pay premium of 6 per cent instead of earlier premium of 2.5 per cent, which would be extra financial burden for them.

The Centre came up with the MNAIS as a pilot project to be taken up in 50 districts of the country. Odisha accepted the implementation of MNAIS in ten districts although it was optional

Ali Kishor Patnaik

CPI (M) leader