Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme, 10/03/2017

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of Crop Insurance Scheme, 10/03/2017. To provide financial support to the farmers in the event of crop failure as a result of natural calamities, Government has implemented various crop insurance schemes since 1985. These schemes have been reviewed from time to time to bring improvements/modifications. Government has recently once again reviewed the erstwhile crop insurance schemes in consultation with various stakeholders including States/ Union Territories and a new scheme namely, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) has been approved for implementation from Kharif 2016 season along with pilot Unified Package Insurance Scheme (UPIS) and the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). The number of farmers covered under various Crop Insurance Schemes during the last three years were 332.35 lakh in 2013-14, 370.32 lakh in 2014-15 and 407.45 lakh in 2015-16. Year-wise and State-wise details of farmers who were provided with compensation under crop insurance schemes, during last two years is Annexed.