New farm insurance scheme soon

July 06, 2015 03:39 am | Updated 03:39 am IST - Farrukhabad (U.P.)

The Centre is working on a new farm insurance and income scheme to help increase earnings of farmers, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Sunday.

Addressing a farmers’ rally in Modha village here, Mr. Singh said the Centre was committed to improving infrastructure in villages and initiating development programmes.

The Minister said the State government was yet to provide relief to hailstorm-hit farmers, though the Centre had released funds for the purpose.

“I wonder why relief has not reached the affected farmers despite the Centre releasing funds to the State as per our federal structure,” he said adding that the Centre had even relaxed norms for relief to farmers affected by heavy rain and hailstorms.

Mr. Singh said steps also needed to be taken to improve the law and order situation in the State, and offered to deploy additional central security personnel, if required.

Generating jobs Noting that unemployment was a major issue in rural areas, he said the Centre had formed Mudra Bank with Rs. 20,000 crore to provide initial financial support to all those striving for self-employment opportunities.

He also highlighted the social and economic scheme of the Centre such as the Atal Pension Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana.

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