An official release said that under the “Kisan Sahay Yojana- 2021”, the state government will compensate the farmers for crop loss in Kharif season (June to November) without any premium or registration fee.
It said that this would give farmers an option to join or not to join the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, which is a national insurance scheme for farmers. Farmers often complain that insurance companies do not provide adequate relief for crop damage in natural calamities despite paying premiums.
To take advantage of the new scheme, farmers can apply online using a dedicated portal, which will be launched soon, the release said.
The natural calamities that can damage crops are drought, excessive rains, unseasonal rains or cyclones, the release said. For crop loss ranging from 33 to 60 per cent, the farmer will be entitled to a compensation of Rs 20,000 per hectare. A farmer can claim compensation for a maximum of four hectares. For crop loss above 60 per cent, the government will give a compensation of Rs 25,000 per hectare with a limit of four hectares.
The release quoted the Chief Minister as saying that more than 53 lakh farmers of the state would benefit from the new scheme.
The state government will soon issue a toll free number for farmers who need more information about the scheme, the release said.