The government has decided to use 1.75 lakh Common Service Centres (CSC) and post offices to encourage more non-loanee farmers to take up crop insurance schemes such as PMFBY in 2017-18 crop year beginning July.
It is mandatory for loanee farmers to take the crop insurance policy. The government wants both loanee and non-loanee to take advantage of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) as well as weather-based crop insurance scheme.
A senior government official told, " Non-loanee farmers who have taken the crop insurance policy at present are only 22 per cent. We want to achieve 40 -50 per cent. We have decided to use multiple platforms to reach out to them."
CSCs, set up under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, till now were being utilised for booking railway tickets, providing Aadhaar numbers and passport applications.