Modi's income insurance plan may not ease rural distress

Small farms stand to gain little, scheme likely to be put off by bureaucracy

New Delhi

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to provide millions of farmers with income insurance linked to crop prices, officials say, but it may not do much to ease rural distress, with small farmers standing to benefit little and likely to be put off by bureaucracy.

Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party, which swept to office a year ago, hopes to consolidate its power in local elections in large rural states over the next two years, but anger is growing after rain and hailstorms ravaged farms...

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