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Punjab Caves In, Agrees to Make Direct MSP Payment to Farmers as Centre Refuses to Relent on Arhtiyas

File photograph of Union Minister Piyush Goyal

Punjab CM calls a gathering of arhtiyas as Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal firmly tells Punjab that the Centre will procure and reimburse associated prices provided that the State pays on to farmers and never by fee brokers.

  • News18
  • Last Updated:April 08, 2021, 21:17 IST

With the Centre firmly holding its floor on the direct switch of MSP to farmers, the Punjab authorities has agreed to go for a web based cost mode for the upcoming procurement season even because it was considering some safety to the arhtiyas.

Three Punjab ministers who had rushed to the nationwide capital for a gathering with Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal to discover a resolution to the impasse of direct switch subject, needed to return with none additional exemption from the DBT route. The Centre firmly informed Punjab that it’ll procure and reimburse associated prices provided that the State pays on to farmers and never by arhtiyas.

“The minister has rejected our requests for exemption from the DBT route and we are now left with no choice. The minister said the State would have to make its own procurement arrangements if it wishes to pay farmers through arhtiyas. So we have no choice,” Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal introduced after a marathon two-hour assembly with Goyal.

Sensing that the choice might anger the arhtiyas, or fee brokers, the Punjab Food Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who was additionally current on the assembly, stated the State will discover a approach to pay on to farmers and can guarantee some safety for arhtiyas. The Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has known as a gathering of arhtiyas on Friday on this.

The solely aid that Centre gave to Punjab was that it agreed to grant a six month extension to the State authorities to hyperlink land information to the nationwide e-procurement portal. Goyal is believed to have informed the ministers that 15 procuring States had began DBT funds to farmers and no additional exemption was doable for Punjab which had already acquired three exemptions previously.

The subject of the direct switch of MSP to farmers had turn out to be a serious sticking level between Punjab and the Centre with the previous claiming that this technique would influence the mandi system of the State rendering the arhtiyas dysfunctional.

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