While urging the government to identify the officers who have caused delay in implementation of WBCIS in the state, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has written a later to the Governor Satya Pal Sharma expressing anguish over 'ignoring' Kashmir division being ignored for crop insurance despite being prone to weather vagaries.
The letter, which has been also forwarded to the three advisors of the governor and state's chief secretary has raised many questions regarding government's failure to implement the WBICS in state and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in Kashmir.
"… we seek to know the reasons for Kashmir, having a production of more than 80 percent of the total produce of the country, being the only place deprived of this safety cover (insurance)," read the open letter, which been also circulated to the media.
"The KCCI is happy to learn that the Crop Insurance Scheme is operational in Jammu province since Kharif 2017 but at the same time anguished that being more prone to the vagaries of nature, Kashmir stands ignored in this regard."
KCCI said that though the clock cannot be turned back but as the delay has cost farmers and orchardists of Kashmir dearly, and has ruined the horticulture sector.
The chamber has sought the governor's response to three points, including identification of the persons in the system who by their negligence, wilful or otherwise, have delayed the implementation of the Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) in Kashmir.
"Will the State own responsibility for the failure to provide this cover and how it will compensate this sector? Despite the adverse weather forecast available more than three weeks ago, what steps were taken to protect the life and property of the population."