Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government, on 15 December, disbursed Rs. 1,252 crores to 9.48 lakh farmers who suffered crop losses due to drought, heavy rains, and other natural calamities under insurance claims pertaining to 2019.

The list of these 9.48 beneficiaries registered under the e-crop scheme will be displayed in the RBKs for more transparency, the government said.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagan said, "We have always been a pro-farmer state and the schemes that we have implemented that have benefited the farmers for the last 18 months sets the best example as to how the government took care of the farmers in the state. We have also now decided to disburse the claims under 2020 Kharif crop insurance. It will be paid next year in March-April, soon after the completion of the crop harvesting in January-February."

According to the government, the state has the largest number of farmers and maximum acreage that have been brought under insurance cover in 2019-20 with the implementation of the Dr. YSR free crop insurance scheme. The state government had cleared the crop insurance premium of Rs. 122.61 crores for 2018-19 Rabi, which was kept pending by the previous TDP government. The crop insurance claims for that season were paid in June this year, it further said in a statement.

A total Rs. 596.26 crores were also paid to 5.94 lakh farmers. For Kharif 2019, the state government had paid the farmers' share of Rs. 468 crore and its share of Rs. 503 crores to the insurance companies, the government said.

Dr. YSR Free Crop Insurance was one of the promises made by Jagan during his 3,648 km-long Praja Sankalpa Yatra. The scheme was implemented as soon as he became the Chief Minister.

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