In Haryana, from October 3, the Kharif season crop Paddy (Paddy) is being purchased by the government at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). State and central government agencies are doing procurement work fast. Farmers say that there is no problem in the procurement process except the confusion over the amount of moisture. However, the delay in payment has increased the displeasure of the farmers. Some farmers have not received the money for purchase even after a week.
According to a Hindustan Times report, Munish Kumar, a young farmer from Gurhi village in Kurukshetra, has sold 207 quintals of paddy to the government at an MSP of Rs 1,960 per quintal. But till now they have not been paid. Because of this they are not able to give money to their workers.
Farmers and commission agents criticizing DBT
Munish says that on October 4, he had sold his produce worth more than Rs 4 lakh to the government. Apart from clearing the labor dues, Munish is also in urgent need of money to buy seeds and fertilizers for the next crop – potato and mustard. But the delay in payment has become a problem for them.
Jashmer Singh of Kheri Dubdalan village in Kurukshetra also has a similar complaint. He too had sold his produce about a week ago. But till now the money has not come in the bank account. The delay in payment has given farmers and commission agents yet another reason to criticize the government’s Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme.
Rishi Pal, a farmer from Indri block of Karnal, says that earlier we used to get money from the arhtiyas immediately after selling the produce. But DBT has created a problem for us. According to government officials, the payment is based on a process as it requires verification and matching of gate passes, J-forms, I-forms, H-forms and lifting of produce from the mandis. He claimed that the distribution of money has started and many farmers have already received their payment.
Issues caused by purchases made prior to the start of the process
Along with this, he said that 10.71 lakh metric tonnes of paddy has been procured, but only 3.87 lakh metric tonnes have been lifted. In this case, there may be a slight delay in payment. President of Karnal Arhatiya Association Rajnish Choudhary said that thousands of farmers of the district are waiting for money for the purchase of a total of 2.64 lakh metric tonnes of paddy.
When asked about the reasons for the delay in payment, Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Anurag Rastogi said that the paddy was procured long before the procurement process started and this put pressure on payments. . He said that the process of clearing the payment has been started and it will be expedited soon.
Last year too, farmers complained of delay in payment, following which Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar intervened and issued strict instructions to the officials to ensure timely payment to the farmers. He had also directed the headquarters level officers to ensure that H-Form, J-Form, Gate Pass and I-Form generation is done online.
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