SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
A 45 – year old illiterate widow, Mahadevi Basappa Dyamangoudar, having only two acres of dry land in Katkol village of Ramdurg Block in Belagavi District, was yet another victim of the scanty monsoon during Kharif-2016 and the consequent 60% decline in yield of maize.
Belagavi, in Karnataka, is predominantly an agrarian district where 50% of the region has to be irrigated while the rest depends on rainfall. The vagaries of monsoon and the resultant drying of tube wells had been too cruel on her family containing two elders and six female siblings. To add to it, destiny was quite cruel as the sole bread earning member of the family was trampled to death by a buffalo that was reared at home as a part of subsistence.
When the dry spell continued through Rabi – 2016 as well, she thankfully looks back at the time when the District Administration had convinced her family to be a part of PMFBY during Kharif-2016.
The PMFBY ensured a claim of INR 7,346/-, eight times the premium amount of INR 939/- paid by her husband. “This is what had helped our family to survive the drought, and the compensation I received has enabled me to face the harsh reality of life with dignity and self-esteem,” she says with tears in her eyes.
She looks lovingly at her fields and hopes the rain gods would smile on Belagavi. “But sometimes I think God has a way of working things out.
The PMFBY is a godsend Scheme and has brought a ray of hope in our lives. I believe it is one of the best possible ways of minimising the hardship to the farming community arising out of crop failure,” she adds