Govt seeks views of states on crop insurance scheme


NEW DELHI, June 25: The Government Tuesday informed
the Lok Sabha that it has written to states seeking their
views on whether the crop insurance scheme should be made
voluntary for farmers.

At present, the scheme is compulsory in nature.

Responding to a supplementary, Minister of State for

Agriculture Purushottam Ropala said during Question Hour that

on Monday, the ministry has written to all states seeking

their views on whether the scheme should be made


He said the letter was written after some State

Governments and farmer unions demanded the Agriculture

Ministry make the scheme voluntary.

In its written reply, the Government said the scheme is

made compulsory for farmers who have availed loans and remains

voluntary for those who have not availed loans. (PTI)