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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government today sought extension of cut-off date for registration of farmers under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) till Aug 16.

In a letter to Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, CM Naveen Patnaik stated "I would like impress upon you to kindly issue suitable directives for extension of the cut-off date for registration of farmers till 16th August, 2017 so as to safeguard the interest of farmers of the State of Odisha."

He expressed concern over the technical snags in crop insurance portal that has upset the entire system even though the State government has made elaborate plans to cover 25 lakh farmers and 20 lakh hectares area under PMFBY as per the Centre's instruction to cover 40 per cent of farming population of the State.

"The linking of common service centre portal (the main registration point for non-loanee farmers) to crop insurance portal had failed, thereby increasing the load on the banks who were already busy with covering the loanee farmers," the letter read.

Farmers are facing difficulties for registering under the programme. At certain places, even law and order situation arises due to complete failure of registration system, he stated.

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