BKU dharna over Fasal Bima Yojana


Tribune News Service


Objecting to the deduction of premium from farmers’ accounts for Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), several farmers today staged a dharna outside State Bank of Patiala in Dhigawa Mandi of the district under the BKU banner.BKU leader Mewa Singh Arya, who was leading the dharna, said the agrarian community would not tolerate any excess by the government in the name of insuring crops for the sake of farmers.He said the farmers were being duped in the name of PMFBY as premiums were being deducted by banks without taking their consent nor visiting their fields to find out which crops they have sown.Arya said insurance being done without assessing ground realities could not be justified as it would have serious implications at the time of seeking claims both for farmers and the government.Farmers handed over a memorandum to State Bank of Patiala branch manager Manoj Kumar and demanded that farmers consent should be taken before premiums were debited their accounts.However, bank manager Manoj Kumar said the bank had disseminated information about the PMFBY by pasting it on its notice board and had deducted premiums as the directions from the government.



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