KARNATAKA

Banks to look into complaints on crop insurance scheme

DHARWAD, OCT. 7. Complaints about names missing from the list of beneficiaries under the crop insurance scheme and the inadequacy of the scheme will be looked into in the respective bank branches by the authorities concerned.

An assurance to this effect was given by Gourav Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting here on Wednesday to discuss the issue with farmers' leaders, people's representatives and the officials.

Review

Mr. Gupta told the Assistant Directors of Agriculture, the tahsildars and bank officials of the respective taluks to hold urgent meetings to review the scheme.

Insurance money

On complaints that minimum insurance money was received by farmers, who had paid the maximum premium, Mr. Gupta said that complaints should be preferred with the insurance companies through the Joint Director of Agriculture.

C.F. Sarashetti, General Manager of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, said that according to the government orders, insurance money was claimed for onion, potato, groundnut and rain-fed paddy and it had been seen that 10,000 of the 54,000 farmers, who had insured their crops, did not get the full insurance amount.

Assessment

On the grievance that the insurance claims had not been assessed properly, Mr. Gupta asked the officials to review the situation again in the context of the record of rights of the respective farmers and forward suitable proposals to the Agricultural Finance Corporation.

He said that action would be taken against bank officials who had returned insurance premia without bringing it to the attention of the Joint Director of Agriculture.

Narayanareddy, Joint Director of Agriculture, said that no insurance amount had been paid to farmers in Kalghatgi and Chebbi of Hubli taluk, wherever paddy and groundnut yield had been more than the stipulated level.

Among those who participated in the discussions were Prahlad Joshi, Dharwad North MP; Vinay Kulkarni, Dharwad Rural MLA; Basantappa Gudadari, zilla panchayat president; Datta Dorle, president of the Hubli-Dharwad district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party; B.V. Somapur, president of the Kalasa Banduri Nala Horata Samiti; and Gangadhar Kulkarni, a farmers' leader.