Dodgy data may throw a spanner in PMFBY works
The Hindu Business Line , Feb 22, 2018
Government officials and industry on Wednesday expressed serious concerns about the manipulation of crop yield data by vested interests and said the mistrust arising out of such fudging may mar the success of the Centre’s ambitious crop insurance scheme, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
“The credibility of data is very important. The manipulation of data will lead to the loss of credibility of the scheme,” said Ashok Dalwai, CEO of National Rainfed Area Authority, while addressing a national conference on agriculture insurance at FICCI.
Ensuring data integrity and data accuracy has become a major challenge, Dalwai said.
PMFBY was launched by the NDA government in 2016. Under the scheme, farmers have to pay only 1.5- 5 per cent of the premium amount depending on the crop and the rest is equally shared between the Central and State governments.
Ashish Bhutani, Joint Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry, said the PMFBY guidelines are being modified to make sure all required data is collated and ensure the process to assess the crop damage was quick and transparent.
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