AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is not only walking the talk implementing all his poll promises but he is even fulfilling the financial obligations that were avoided by the previous regime of Chandrababu Naidu. In a major relief to all the farmers during the COVID-19 crisis, the Andhra Pradesh government on Friday released Rs 596.36 crores towards crop insurance claims, which were kept pending by the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) regime.
This amount will be directly deposited into the bank accounts of the farmers. A total of 5,94,005 farmers will get benefited with this.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government would provide free crop insurance to all the farmers from 2019-2020 under the 'YSR Crop Insurance Scheme'.
The chief minister assured the farmers that Minimum Support Price would be provided to all the crops cultivated across the state. YS Jagan also promised that all necessary facilities would be provided to the farmers through the 'Rythu Bharosa Centres'.
He said that the government is taking all steps to register e-cropping at the Rythu Bharosa Centres. As part of this, the Agriculture and Revenue Assistants and Surveyor of the Village Secretariat will register the e-cropping and make arrangements for payment of insurance, he added.
YS Jagan said the government will pay the premium on farmers' behalf. Asking them to pay just one rupee, he said his government will take full responsibility of paying for farmers' crop insurance claims.
By integrating crop insurance with e-crop, a total of 58.76 lakhs farmers will get free crop insurance for Kharif season.
Out of the 58.76 lakh people, 5.73 lakh people will get crop insurance for 2019 and the rest 33.03 lakh people will get crop insurance for the year 2019-2020, said YS Jagan
The Andhra Pradesh chief minister said that once the farmers have paid the premium, the state government has to pay half of the balance and the remaining half will be paid by the central government. The premium should have been paid at the beginning of the Kharif season. But the previous government failed to implement it properly and because of its laxity, farmers faced difficulties in getting crop insurance claims, he said.
YS Jagan added: "After the YSRCP government came to power in 2019, we have been negotiating with insurance companies regarding the payment of the premium and decided to pay the premium for around 5.95 lakh farmers today."