SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
Ramana Gouda is a one of a kind man. This 58-year-old farmer from Hiremannapur village in Kustagi Taluka in Koppal district, one of the most backward regions in Karnataka, was a high school dropout. He became a full-time farmer at a young age but that certainly didn’t mean that he was averse to learning and gaining knowledge. His motto in life was: “Look to the skies, and the stars will guide you, look to your heart and you will always know the way.”
When the entire district was reeling under severe drought conditions, he came across a coloured schematic booklet of PMFBY, realised its potential and worked day and night to popularize it among fellow farmers, despondent with crop failures year on year.
After the introduction of PMFBY, the District Administration worked out a way to regain the lost faith in the insurance scheme. Farm facilitators, who were farmers themselves like Ramana Gouda were assigned the task of creating awareness and confidence among the farmers and encourage them to enrol in the Scheme.
‘Small Premium – Big Profit’ (Sanna Kanthu- Dodda Labha in Kannada) was the slogan that propelled the farm facilitators into action. Ramanagouda would personally go around and meet small and marginal farmers, SC/ STs who were cut off from mainstream medium and also big farmers. He would sit with them and help them to fill up application forms in tea shops and village chavadi.
When his relentless efforts were appreciated by both the farmers and the District offcials, this simple and soft-spoken farmer gives a shy and a gentle smile and says, “As a villager from Hiremannapur, I have done my work for my village where I have lived for 60 years. is is just a small service to my fellow farmers. I am not doing anything great.”