Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu M.K. Stalin on Wednesday claimed that farmers had gotten crop insurance cheques for as little as ₹3, ₹4, ₹5 and ₹10 in many parts of the State.

He raised the issue while his party MLA, K. Pitchandi, was taking an interest in a debate on the State Budget. Mr. Pitchandi had brought a couple of such checks to the House.

Mr. Pitchandi wondered what was the use of these cheques when it would cost at least ₹500 for an agriculturist to open a account for the purpose for encashing these cheques.

Reacting to the charges, a few Ministers admitted that there were issues with the cheques.

Agricultural Minister for Cooperation Sellur K. Raju said such complaints had been gotten from five farmers in Dindigul and another was reported for from Nagapattinam. “The collectors have been directed to investigate the issue and make appropriate action,” he said.

Agriculture Minister R. Doraikannu said the issue would be rectified soon. “Tamil Nadu is one of the best States in disbursal of crop insurance,” he included.

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