Chennai : Strongly criticising the Centre’s newly-introduced National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday said that the policy has come as a shock as it was introduced in a hasty manner without consulting stakeholders, including State Governments.
The NCIP seeks to do away with the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and replace it with the Modified NAIS/Weather Based Crop Insurance (WBCIS).
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from her camp office in Kodanad Estate in Nilgiris district, Jayalalithaa expressed deep anguish as the farmers will be suddenly subjected to enormous financial burden due to the steep increase in the crop insurance premium under the new programme. “As Indian agriculture is highly vulnerable to the vagaries of the monsoons, crop insurance is the only weather proofing mechanism available to millions of farmers to mitigate their sufferings in the event of adverse climatic conditions,” she said while pointing out that her Government was extending 45% to 50% premium as subsidy, under the NAIS to farmers.
Whereas the NAIS enhanced the premium with effect from the current Rabi season and the order for this was issued on November 1 last year – a month after the commencement of Rabi 2013-14. She apprehended that the introduction of the NCIP would increase the burden of premium on the farmers of Tamil Nadu manifold.