SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
Lush green paddy fields with lawn-like texture, somnolent cows gazing languidly into nowhere, birds nesting on the banks of a waterbody – these form the backdrop for Imanuel Jamatia lovingly tending his paddy field in Kowaimura village.
This is a small village in Killa Block, about 12 km from Udaipur town in the Gomati district of Tripura, with a population of approximately 41,300, of which 98% are from the Scheduled Tribes. Agriculture and horticulture are the principal sources of occupation and income. Rice is the main food grain crop.
‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana‘ (PMFBY) was introduced by the Government in February 2016 to help farmers insure their crops at a very low premium. “This insurance is very important to us because we are cultivating hybrid paddy which is extremely prone to pests and diseases,” Jamatia says. He is among the 653 farmers of Killa Block, who have been insured under this Scheme.
“Now I can peacefully sleep at night knowing that if any untoward incident occurs, I will be able to get compensation within a short span of one month because everything is computer-connected,” he says cheerfully. Moreover, his compensation amount will directly be transferred to his bank account as per Scheme guidelines.
Now, Jamatia is an evangelist for PMFBY and motivates fellow farmers to avail the benefits of this Scheme and get their crops insured.