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

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Punjab CM calls a gathering of arhtiyas as Union Meals 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 means of fee brokers.

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With the Centre firmly holding its floor on the direct switch of MSP to farmers, the Punjab authorities has agreed to go for an internet fee 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 Meals Minister Piyush Goyal to discover a answer to the impasse of direct switch problem, needed to return with none additional exemption from the DBT route. The Centre firmly informed Punjab that it’s going to procure and reimburse associated prices provided that the State pays on to farmers and never by means of arhtiyas.

“The minister has rejected our requests for exemption from the DBT route and we are actually left with no alternative. The minister mentioned the State must make its personal procurement preparations if it needs to pay farmers by means of arhtiyas. So we’ve got no alternative,” Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal introduced after a marathon two-hour assembly with Goyal.

Sensing that the choice may anger the arhtiyas, or fee brokers, the Punjab Meals Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who was additionally current on the assembly, mentioned 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 referred to as a gathering of arhtiyas on Friday on this.

The one aid that Centre gave to Punjab was that it agreed to grant a six month extension to the State authorities to hyperlink land data 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 potential for Punjab which had already acquired three exemptions previously.

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

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