Mumbai: Noisy scenes were witnessed in the
Maharashtra Assembly today with the Opposition demanding that
the crop insurance scheme is not benefiting the farmers and
demanded that it be implemented at individual level.
The Opposition was enraged when Minister of State for
Agriculture Gulabrao Devkar told the House that it is not
possible to do implement the scheme -- aimed at providing
insurance coverage and financial support to farmers in event
of natural calamities, pests and diseases -- at individual
The Opposition members trooped into the well of the House
and shouted anti-government slogans.
Following the unruly scene, Deputy Speaker Madhukar
Chavan adjourned the House for 15 minutes.
When the House met again, Leader of Opposition Eknath
Khadse said the premium was recovered from individual farmers
but they do not get any benefit in return.
"When the farmers have to be paid the insurance amount,
it is on a group basis in the talathi (revenue division
area)," he said, adding that this practice was unfair.
Devkar said the national crop insurance scheme is a
centrally sponsored scheme and it is implemented in all states
as per the directives laid down by the central government.