State govt to look into farmers' accident insurance claims

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Mumbai, Mar 7 (UNI) The Maharashtra government has decided to look into 600 farmers' insurance claims for accidents during THE period from April 10, 2006 to July 14, 2006.

The state Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh here today, allowed these claims to be filed, since during this period there was no accident insurance policy placed for the farmers.

These will be investigated by the Insurance company advisor, it was decided at the Cabinet meeting.

The state government had opened an accident insurance policy for the farmers, which began on January 10, 2005 and was in place till April 9, 2006 with the ICICI Lombard General Insurance company.

However, the farmers' claims were not being entertained properly by the company and therefore after 15 months, the government decided not to renew the policy with the company.

The state government then entered into a new policy with two insurance companies. However, for this new policy to become operational there was a gap of 96 days. The state Cabinet has decided to entertain the claims filed during this period and look into them.

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