The West Bengal government on Friday said it has rolled out a crop insurance scheme, in collaboration with the Agriculture Insurance Company of India (AIC), for the 2019 ‘kharif’ season to protect farmers from natural disasters, and to ensure a steady income in case of unstable market prices. Also Read - West Bengal: 13 Dead in Road Accident Due to Fog in Jalpaiguri District

The crop insurance scheme would be “free of cost for the farmers” as the government would pay the entire premium and the insurable crops are Aman and Aus paddy, jute and maize. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

The scheme, called Bangla Shashya Bima (BSB), is applicable for farmers in the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, East and West Burdwan, East and West Medinipur, Malda, Hooghly, Nadia, Murshidabad, Cooch Behar, Birbhum, Purulia, South Dinajpur, North and South 24 Parganas. Also Read - Will Never Bow My Head Before BJP, Says Mamata Banerjee, Calls Saffron Party More Dangerous Than Maoists

The insurance scheme would cover any losses suffered during planting, cultivation and during the period post-cutting when crops are lying in the field, and for adverse weather situations.