Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Friday assured farmers that they will be paid within seven days for the purchase of food grains.
"The payment to farmers will be made within seven days," Punjab Financial Commissioner (Development) N S Kang said.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had asked the Punjab government last month to make payment to farmers for their produce within a week and it further asked it to hold a meeting in this regard.
Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Punjab Financial Commissioner (Development) N S Kang on Friday held a meeting with various farmers` organisations, including the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal), BKU (Rajewal), representatives of commission agents and state-owned lifting agencies to ensure payment to farmers within a week.
As per the decision, buyers- including lifting agencies and private parties- would make payment to commission agents within two days of purchase and thereafter, the commission agents, better known as `Arthiyas`, would ensure payment to the farmers within three days.
"Procurement agencies as well as private buyers will make
payment within two days to us then we will further pay to
farmers within 72 hours," Punjab Arthiya Association President
Ravinder Cheema said.
At the meeting, commission agents rued that they were not
getting payment from procurement agencies in time, which
caused problems for farmers. "Normally, it takes more than 15
days to make payment to us by lifting agencies, resulting in
problems for farmers," he said.