Will Narendra Modi's Sehore rally make MP farmers happy, who were 'forced' to cut unripe crops

18 February 2016, 08:24 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sehore rally in Madhya Pradesh is set to face protests from 'irked' farmers who were forced to cut their unripe crops to make way for a parking lot and stage.

The irony of the situation is that PM will be in the city to announce a slew of measures including the recently-announced Crop Insurance Scheme

He will also highlight the government’s initiatives for the development of the agriculture sector and welfare of the agriculturists.

PM Modi is also expected to release the guidelines for operationalisation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana which was approved by the Union Cabinet last month at the ‘Kisan Kalyan Mela’ in Sehore.

The scheme will come into effect from the upcoming Kharif season. It envisages a uniform premium of only 2 per cent to be paid by farmers for Kharif crops, and 1.5 per cent for Rabi crops. The premium for annual commercial and horticultural crops will be 5 per cent.

Modi will also distribute soil health cards, and crop insurance settlement claims to select beneficiaries, the statement said.

First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2016 08:15 [IST]
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