No direct crop payments to farmers, but traders to pay through RTGS

By Bhupinder Singh

January 26, 2018

Chandigarh – The payment of crops against procurement will not be given directly from the coming Rabi season. Earlier, it was to be deposited in the account of famers directly by the Union government. But now, from the coming Rabi season, the payment will be given through RTGS, but through the commission agents. According to the instructions issued to the states by the Centre, the agents will be paid payment of crop according to MSP labour, sew in and their commission. Cash payment of crops will not be paid to the farmers.

Earlier, it was decided to pay the amount directly to the accounts of farmers. But according to information, Punjab government has sought more time to implement it. In the past, on the directions of Punjab and Haryana High Court, the decision to pay amount directly to the account of farmers had been implemented. But only two farmers had applied for it. Although there are 10.93 lakh land holders in Punjab, but the number of farmers, who sell their crops in mandis, are more than 13 lakh. As per the official data, about Rs 50,000 crore is disbursed to the farmers every year during Rabi and Kharif crop season. The number of commission agents in the state is 26,000 who purchase Rabi and Kharif crops, whereas 22,505 commission agents used to buy paddy only.

The commission of the traders is 2.5 percent, which aggregated to approximately Rs 1,250 crore annually. Major part of the crops is purchased for Central pool. A meeting was also held by Secretary Food, K A P Sinha with the traders of Punjab, on Thursday, in which traders had been introduced with the new decision of the Central government about the payment mode for procurement. In the delegation, there were president of Federation of Aarhtia Association of Punjab Vijay Kalra, senior vice president Amarjit Singh Brar, vice president Devi Dyal Goel, Sadhu Ram Bhatt Majra, Joint Secretary Madan Gopal Popli, Secretary Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi, district Ropar president Major Singh, Raj Kumar Bhalla, district president of Ludhiana, Mahabir Singh president of Tarn Taran unit, Daljit Singh Bittu Sunam, Jeewan Gupta Nabha and others were included.