Crop insurance: Centre asks state governments to use technology for timely payment of claims
Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), a sum of Rs 19,163.48 crore has been insured by 4.79 crore farmers in the current 2017-18 crop year (July-June). The delay in settlement of claims could be due to various reasons. One could be delay in assessing yield loss, while the other reasons may be non-receipt of state share of premium, discrepancy in yield data and unavailability of farmers account details, among others, the official explained.
Under the PMFBY, claims are settled on the basis of yield loss assessment at the end of season. The states have been asked to use remote sensing technology, smartphones and mobile app for quick estimation of crop losses. Image source: PTI