Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday directed the officials concerned to establish a special wing for successful and smooth implementation of Rythu Bandhu Farmers Group Insurance Scheme, which is termed as the world’s largest life insurance scheme.
In view of its official launch on August 15 coinciding with Independence Day celebrations, the Chief Minister held a review meeting with Ministers and officials at Pragathi Bhavan here. The State government has released Rs 636 crore to Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) towards premium for 28 lakh farmers eligible under the scheme.
Chandrashekhar Rao said Telangana was the only State to have taken up such a massive insurance scheme under which farmers’ family members will get Rs 5 lakh in case of any sort of death of the insured person. He said the State government was paying the entire premium without placing any burden on the farmers. Terming it as a challenging initiative for the State government, he held the Agriculture Extension Officers (AEOs) and Village Secretaries responsible for effective implementation of the scheme at the field level.
He further wanted every eligible farmer to be covered under the scheme without any discrepancies. “The State government will always be supportive to the farming community. We have launched several novel programmes to strengthen the agriculture sector in the State.”
The Chief Minister also wanted the AEOs to maintain complete data of farmers in their village using tablets given to them by the State government. Rythu Samanvaya Samithi members at all levels should be in contact with AEOs while submitting the data related to deceased farmers and ensure payment of insurance to the bereaved family within 10 days he said. Seeking a coordinated effort, the Village Secretaries have been asked to hand over the death certificate of the farmer concerned to the AEO within 48 hours facilitating speedy disbursal of insurance amount.
The Chief Minister also asked the LIC authorities to set up a separate cell for implementation of the scheme and take it up as a challenge. Farmers who have not enrolled themselves under the scheme have been adivised to approach the local AEOs for inclusion under the scheme.
Ministers G Jagadish Reddy, P Mahender Reddy, Government Whip Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, MLA Diwakar Rao, Principal Secretary for Agriculture C Parthasaradhi, Principal Secretary for Panchayat Raj Vikas Raj, Agriculture Commissioner Jagan Mohan Rao, Panchayat Raj Commissioner Neetu Prasad, CMO Secretary Bhupal Reddy and other officials participated in the meeting.