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The farmers allege that the PM cheated farmers to help the insurance company earn profits.

In a shocking turn of events, the Farmers Wing of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has sought a CBI enquiry into Prime Minister Narendra Modi in irregularities in the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.

On Thursday morning, President of KPCC’s Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress submitted an official request to the Superintendent of Police at the CBI’s Anti-Corruption Branch in Bengaluru.

“Hon’ble Prime Minister of India had launched an insurance scheme – Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana in 2015. The motive behind this scheme was to help farmers in distress due to drought and natural disasters. According to the CAG and CSC report, the yojana has benefitted the insurance companies rather than the farmers who have paid for the insurance,” the complaint reads.

The complaint further alleges that the April 2017 report of the Comptroller and Auditor General in showed that insurance companies had collected a gross premium of Rs 15,891 crore, while claims reported against it were just for Rs 5,962.1 crore.

Speaking to TNM, Sachin Meega, the President of the Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress told TNM that this, in effect, ensured a profit of Rs 10,000 to insurance companies, even as farmers are committing suicide as they are unable to pay their debts.

“Farmers are committing suicides as they are unable to pay their debts, and the Prime Minister, in order to help Universal Sompo General Insurance company make profits, has cheated farmers. This is the company which provides insurance to farmers under the yojana. On behalf of the farmers, we have filed a complaint against PM Modi,” he said.

Sachin also said that members of the KMCC conducted ground level surveys across Karnataka to check how many people the scheme had reached. Calling the scheme bogus, Sachin said that many families of farmers have not received their claim amount.

“Many families of farmers have not received their claim amount despite crop loss. The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojna is a bogus scheme. It is not helping the farmers at all. The day before yesterday (Tuesday) we acquired the CAG report. It clearly states that the yojna is benefitting industrialists. The CBI has reacted positively and will take this issue forward,” he added.