Within three days of the launch of the Rythu Bandhu Group Life Insurance Scheme, agriculture officials have distributed certificates to around 4,05,386 lakh beneficiaries in the State.
The department officials have so far covered 3149 villages in 30 districts and distributed the certificates. “The farmers are happy that the insurance certificates are being given to them well in advance,” C Parthasarathi, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, told Telangana Today on Wednesday. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has directed the officials to distribute all 27 lakh insurance certificates before the policy comes into force.
The Life Insurance Corporation of India, the official insurer, has sent 22 lakh insurance certificates to villages in the State and they are in the custody of mandal agriculture officers who will distribute them to village revenue officers for distribution among beneficiaries.
“Immediately after the Chief Minister directed us to ensure distribution of LIC certificates, we sent details of beneficiaries to LIC to facilitate printing of certificates. Within a record time, the LIC handed over around 22 lakh insurance certificates in two phases,” he said, adding that another five lakh farmers’ information was also submitted to LIC and they are printing the certificates which would be ready in two days.
The district Ministers, law-makers, Rythu Samanvya Samithi chairmen and officials have been conducting gram sabhas for distribution of certificates to farmers. ‘Farmers are very happy about receiving the certificates. It is a unique scheme launched by the State government for the welfare of farmers, and all farmers in the age group of 18-60 years will be covered under the insurance scheme,” said Telangana Rythu Samnavya Samithi State President Gutha Sukender Reddy. The entire distribution of certificates will be completed within a week, he said.
Sukender Reddy said the government was paying the entire premium amount under the insurance scheme and was ready to release more funds if enrolment of eligible farmers goes up. “There is no cut-off date for enrollment of new beneficiaries. They can apply for group insurance at mandal agriculture office if they are eligible,” he said.