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Farmers want settlement of crop insurance claims

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Illegal sand mining issue was brought up at the grievance day meet

Patient hearing:Collector Ashish Kumar addressing the farmers during the grievance day meeting in Tuticorin on Thursday.— Photo: N. Rajesh
Patient hearing:Collector Ashish Kumar addressing the farmers during the grievance day meeting in Tuticorin on Thursday.— Photo: N. Rajesh

Farmers have sought quick settlement of crop insurance claims at a meeting convened to redress their grievances here on Thursday. Collector Ashish Kumar, who presided over the meeting, appealed to the officials to expedite the disbursal of insurance benefits to eligible farmers.

Mariappan, a farmer from Karungulam, said farmers were yet to receive the insurance amount due to them, for which they had paid premium to the National Agriculture Insurance Company in 2008-09.

The Collector replied an official communication to release the crop insurance at the earliest had been forwarded to the parties concerned.

K. P. Perumal, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, said farmers attached to primary agriculture cooperative credit societies, including Kulasekaranallur, Vellaram, Pasuvanthanai, M. Meenakshipuram and Jegaveerapandiapuram, which come under Ottapidaram taluk, were treated unfairly in respect of the crop insurance amount earmarked for 2010.

S. Kasivelu, Coordinator, Agriculture Insurance Company, Tuticorin, replied that the amount will be disbursed in three instalments.

K. Pandian, Joint Registrar of Cooperatives, said crop insurance to the tune of Rs. 4.4 crore had been extended to the farmers.

Crop insurance amounting to Rs. 9.49 crore has been allotted for 2010-11 and it would be provided based on provision of payment receipts for the insurance claim.

A total of 9,493 farmers have received the insurance benefits through 74 societies so far.

S. Kanthasami of Velidupatti village in Ettayapuram taluk, sought the intervention of the district administration to prevent illegal sand mining, which was rampant on Vaipar riverbed at Nambipuram panchayat and patta land adjacent to it.

He claimed that the villagers were facing threats from the sand mining mafia.

The Collector assured him that action would be taken to curb illegal sand mining.

N. S. Krishnasamy, a cotton farmer from Kovilpatti, sought market linkage with Cotton Corporation of India for procurement of cotton. The Collector asked the Deputy Director of Agriculture (Marketing) to guide the cotton farmers.

D. Ranjitsingh Dhanraj, Joint Director of Agriculture, M. Muthupandian, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Tamirabarani Irrigation and M. Kanagaraj, Personal Assistant to Collector (Agriculture) were present.

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