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India - Insurance firm booked for rejecting farmers’ claims

A private insurance firm has been booked for fraud after rejecting insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in Singhwa Ragho village of the district.

Fateh Singh, Assistant Statistical Officer, Agriculture Department, lodged a complaint at the Hansi Sadar police station that Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Limited had rejected insurance claims of farmers in Singhwa Ragho village due to a clerical mistake in forms which mentioned the name of the village as Singhwa Khas.

The complainant said the farmers were entitled to insurance cover for cotton and bajra for the 2017 kharif season. The SBI branch in Bhatla village had deducted premium from accounts of farmers and paid the firm for insurance cover.

When the farmers approached the firm to seek claims after they suffered crop loss, the firm refused to pay the claim.

It informed the Agriculture Department vide a letter dated February 28 about rejection of insurance claims of the farmers. The police registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against the insurance firm.

Vinod Phogat, Deputy Director, Agriculture, said farmers of Singhwa Ragho village had approached his office after rejection of claims. He said it was found after an inquiry that the firm had taken recourse to a simple clerical mistake to reject the claims.

Source – https://www.tribuneindia.com