Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana (BSB)
Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana (BSB)
The West Bengal Government has launched a new scheme entitled “Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana” for the farmers in the state. Under this scheme, the Government will provide crop insurance coverage to farmers, especially for the Kharif season crops. This scheme is supervised by the Department of Agriculture of West Bengal. In this article we look at the Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana features, application procedure, eligibility criteria in detail.
Eligibility Criteria for Crop Loan
The below listed are the eligibility criteria to apply for the Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana:
- The farmer to be a permanent resident of West Bengal.
- The farmer must have taken a loan from the registered bank or any government institution.
- All farmers taking loans (granted/ applied for) can avail Bangla Shasya Bima Scheme insurance benefits.
- All other farmers growing notified crops (i.e., Non-Loanee farmers) are eligible to opt for the Scheme.
- According to the scheme, as the applicant will get the insurance coverage only after facing damage of crops, the beneficiary has to submit the proper proof/ documents of damage to the authority.
- The farmer applicant should not be a defaulter in a bank.
The following documents are needed for registration to this scheme:
- Identity Proof: PAN, Aadhaar Card, Driving License, Voter Identity Card, etc.
- Address Proof: PAN Card, Valid Passport, Utility bill,
- Bank account details.
- One passport size photo of the applicant.
- Signature verification of applicants
- Farmer ID Proof
- Land Measurements Documents
- Documents related to the extent of crop failure
- Details of existing loans and repayment track records
- Any other document if required
Salient Features of the Scheme
The below following are some of the main features and benefits of applying for the Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana:
- This scheme has been implemented by the State Government to overcome the financial crisis of the farmers who are under Economically Weaker Section.
- This scheme also ensures to improve the financial conditions of farmers to bring stability in their livelihood.
- The verification process of beneficiaries will be done for providing the loans.
- Bangla Shashya Bima Scheme has been launched in the collaboration with Agriculture Insurance Company (AIC) of India.
- The applicants will not have to pay any premium amount to avail the Bangla Shashya Bima scheme benefits.
- On behalf of the farmers, the state government will bear the BSB insurance premium.
- All the beneficiaries under this scheme would be paid insurance in 4 stages and the amount would be calculated per hectare.
- This crop insurance scheme will enable farmers to meet up their losses in case their crops get damaged due to any reason.
- Through this scheme, the WB Government aims to reduce the suicide rate of farmers which occurs when farmers losses in their agriculture. This scheme will also prevent farmers from falling into the debt trap.
Stages for Payment of Insurance
Under this scheme, the insurance would be paid in 4 stages as listed below:
- For any losses undergone during planting
- Losses suffered during cultivation
- The losses suffered during the period post-cutting when crops are lying in the field
- Losses caused due to adverse weather situations.
The State Government of West Bengal will decide the amount of insurance which would be calculated on per hectare basis.
Crops Covered for Insurance
- Aman paddy
- Aus paddy
- jute and maize.
- Bajra and Oilseeds
- Annual Commercial/Annual Horticultural crops
- Other crops (cereals, other millets and pulses)
A premium subsidy of full 100% applies to the small and Marginal farmers provided by the Government. The premium bonus will be phased out in a period of 5 years, subject to analysis of the financial results and the reply of the farmers at the end of the 1st year of the implementation of the Scheme.
Implementation of the Scheme
This scheme aims to set a path for the development of agriculture in the state. The implementation of the scheme will be done in two phases. In the first phase, the scheme will remain applicable in 15 districts and the number of districts to be expanded in the next (2nd) phase.
The below listed are the districts covered under the scheme:
- Purba Bardhaman
- Paschim Bardhaman
- Purba Medinipur
- Cooch Behar
- Dakshin Dinajpur
- North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas.
Online Application Procedure
As the scheme has been started recently, the state government has yet to be revealed about the online application process. The online application procedure for the scheme will be intimated in the official portal by the government. The West Bengal Government is more likely to opt for an online application process for the ease of the applicants.