A total of 15 districts across the country have been shortlisted for Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the happy note is even Belagavi district is one amongst the 15 districts selected.
The award is in recognition of its extraordinary and innovative work done in achieving targets under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the scheme in Belagavi on February 27, 2016.
A total of 2,12,381 farmers (98.17% of an estimated 2.15 lakh farmers taking up rabi crops) were covered under PMFBY by insuring 2,58,810 hectares (89.24%) of the total cropped area of 2.90 lakh hectares under rabi as on January 10. Of the 2,12,381 farmers, 2,04,252 were non-loanee farmers.
Not many farmers came forward to enrol for the scheme during the kharif season as there was initially good rainfall and for the fact that majority of the farmers have been traditionally cultivating sugarcane — which is not a notified crop under PMFBY. Of an estimated 4,41,397 farmers who took up sowing operations during kharif season, 50,708 (11.49%) were covered, which included 35,207 non-loanee farmers and insured 68,816 hectares (14.67%) of the total 4,68,986 hectares of cropped area.