Toddy tappers to get insurance like ‘rythu bima’ for farmers, says KCR
KCR had decided to introduce 'Geetha Karmikula Bima' (insurance for toddy tappers) on the lines of rythu bima to the farmers which is already implemented in the Telangana State
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had decided to introduce 'Geetha Karmikula Bima' (insurance for toddy tappers) on the lines of rythu bima to the farmers which is already implemented in the Telangana State.
KCR said on Tuesday that the insurance money of Rs 5 lakh would be deposited directly in the bank account of the family members in case a toddy tapper died accidentally while collecting toddy from palm trees in the fields.
He instructed Finance Minister T Harish Rao and Excise and Prohibition Minister V Srinivas Goud to prepare guidelines for the new insurance scheme.
The Chief Minister held a review meeting in this regard at Dr. BR Ambedkar Telangana Secretariat on Tuesday. Excise Minister V. Srinivas Goud, Finance Minister Harish Rao and others participated.
Speaking on this occasion, KCR expressed his concern that there were unfortunate incidents of toddy tappers losing their lives due to accidental fall from the trees.
The CM said that it was the responsibility of the government to support the families of toddy tappers who died in such unfortunate incidents.
He said that the government was already providing ex gratia to the victims’ families but there was a lot of delay. Considering the plight of toddy tapper families, the government decided to extend insurance coverage and disburse the amount within a week to the bereaved families like the farmers families who availed themselves of Rythu Bima benefit.
The Chief Minister asked the ministers and the Chief Secretary to take action in this direction as soon as possible.