Pun­jab min­is­ter warns against de­layed pay­ments to farm­ers

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CHANDI­GARH: Com­mit­ting to pro­tect­ing farmer’s in­ter­ests, Pun­jab Food and Civil Sup­plies Min­is­ter Bharat Bhushan Ashu on Sun­day warned ‘arthiyas’ (com­mis­sion agents) of ac­tion if farm­ers were paid less or payment was de­layed for the paddy pro­cured from them.

“Ac­tion will be taken against the ‘arthiyas’ giv­ing lesser value against MSP (min­i­mum sup­port price) to farm­ers,” Ashu said in a state­ment in Chandi­garh.

He said that in ac­cor­dance with the Pun­jab Agri­cul­tural Pro­duce Mar­ket Rules Act, 1962, it was the duty of the state govern­ment to make payment within 48 hours and the amount was for­warded to the farm­ers through cheques.

Some of the ‘arthiyas’ in the state were not trans­fer­ring the payment of paddy to the farm­ers through cheques. Rather they were in­dulging in cash pay­ments, which was in vi­o­la­tion of the rules, the Min­is­ter said. “Be­sides this, it has also been no­ticed that even the MSP is not given to the farm­ers.

“Any kind of forg­ing and cheat­ing with farm­ers will not be tol­er­ated and they should be given the full price of their pro­duce,” Ashu said.

He also di­rected the of­fi­cials of pro­cure­ment agen­cies to make sure that pay­ments, in the stip­u­lated time frame, were made and en­sure that all the norms re­gard­ing pro­cure­ment process were fol­lowed.

Govern­ment agen­cies and pri­vate mill own­ers pro­cured nearly 75 lakh tonne of paddy in Pun­jab this kharif sea­son.

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