Hyderabad: Instructions issued by the Agriculture Department to record the date of birth (DoB) of farmers based on Aadhar details for considering them under the State government’s insurance scheme is creating problems for agriculture officials. It is common knowledge that the date of birth entry in Aadhar is not accurate in several cases, and in some cases only the year of birth being registered.
Officials collecting details from farmers for their inclusion in the Rs 5 lakh insurance cover scheme were strictly told that only the DoB recorded in Aadhar cards must be taken into account. The first of its kind scheme under which farmers in the age group of 18 to 60 years were eligible for the cover, is to be launched on August 15 by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
Agriculture Department officials are encountering problems while filling applications of farmers in villages. In most cases, farmers, at the time of applying for Aadhar, did not have any documents to support their DoB claim and hence, gave approximate date of birth and obtained Aadhar cards. “According to guidelines issued by the Agriculture Department, we are filling DoB column as per Aadhar card,” K Kavitha, agriculture extension officer, Kadthal mandal in Rangareddy district, said.
She said several farmers did not want to give Aadhar cards claiming that the DoB recorded in them was wrong. “Many say the government should opt for some other document for DoB proof stating that they will otherwise lose benefits of the insurance scheme,” Kavitha said.
“I was born in 1962, but the Aadhar card has recorded my year of birth as 1958, which makes be ineligible for the insurance scheme,” laments T Mohan Reddy of Ravichedu village of Kadthal mandal. “Farmers seeking to change their DoB in Aadhar are facing problems since it takes at least 25-35 days for the authorities to update the records and issue a fresh Aadhar card,” he said.
According to agriculture officials and those from Life Insurance Corporation, only farmers born between August 14, 1959 and August 15, 2000, are eligible for the Farmers Insurance Scheme. The State government set a one month deadline for submission of application forms to the LIC for the launch of scheme on August 15. Given the deadline, the field staff are working hard to cover all villages, and are rejecting applications were the farmer’s DoB is above 59 years based on the Aadhar card, Kavitha said.