SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
Seemingly calm and postcard picturesque, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, lying in the cradle of snow-bound Himalayan peaks amid dense forests is also prone to sudden natural calamities. This is a serious problem because more than 90% of the population depends on agriculture. For Vikas Rawat, 55, troubles were endless. Apart from natural calamities, his crops were also being destroyed by wild animals since his fields bordered the forest area. His three sons had left Pauri to look for work. This was the story in almost every farmer’s house in Pauri. The district was primarily facing a major problem of migration because farming was becoming unviable for the 87% of the population in rural areas depending directly or indirectly on agriculture. But now, things are beginning to look less bleak, thanks to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).
It provides financial support to farmers suering crop loss/damage because of unforeseen events. Its mandate is also to encourage modern agricultural practices and to ensure a steady ow of credit to the agriculture sector with low premium.
Now, Rawat and others like him have something to fall back on when they lose their crops for no fault of theirs. The Yojana is also encouraging their children to take up agriculture and use modern methods of farming.