Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) after the completion of the five years and said the crop insurance scheme benefited millions of farmers and reduced their risks against the whims of nature.

The prime minister expressed his wishes to farmers at a time when thousands of them on the various borders of Delhi were protesting the government’s three controversial agricultural laws enacted at the monsoon session of parliament last September to repeal these laws. The agitation of the farmers started on the 49th day on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said: “An important initiative to save hard-working farmers from the vagaries of nature, Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana completed five years today. The Yojana has increased coverage, mitigated risks and benefited dozens of farmers. I congratulate all the beneficiaries of the scheme. “

The prime minister also asked people to get information on how “Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana” has helped farmers from his NaMo app.

“How has Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana brought more benefits to farmers? How has transparency in claims settlement been promoted? These and other aspects related to PM-FBY have been answered through innovative content on the Your Voice section of the NaMo app, ”he said.

PMFBY is the government-sponsored crop insurance program that integrates multiple stakeholders on one platform. The scheme was launched in 2016 by Prime Minister Modi. It is a comprehensive coverage scheme designed to protect farmers from post-harvest seeding by combining extensive use of technology to assess crop losses.

On the occasion, the Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, also urged farmers to insure their crops.

“Many congratulations and best wishes to all of you on the completion of 5 years Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme. I would urge all peasant brothers that if you have not yet secured your harvest, then your harvest should be insured today, ”he tweeted.

Earlier, the agitating farmers of Punjab had announced on Wednesday that they would burn copies of the new agricultural laws at all demonstration sites to mark Lohri on Wednesday, as a token of their protest against the legislation and their anger at the government.

The development comes a day after the protesting Punjab farmers’ unions declared they will not appear before the Supreme Court-appointed panel because it was “pro-government” and said they would not settle for less than the repeal of the three. controversial laws.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed implementation of the controversial agricultural laws until further notice and set up a four-member committee to resolve the deadlock between the center and Punjab farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi’s borders over the legislation.