Punjab Bows To Center And Agrees To Transfer Money Direct To Farmers | India News

NEW DELHI / CHANDIGARH: The government of Punjab agreed on Thursday to roll out MSP’s online direct cash transfer to farmers’ bank accounts instead of arhtiya accounts. This will start from the current Rabi Marketing Season (RMS), which kicks off in Punjab from Saturday. With this, the MSP payment to farmers across the country will go online.
Food and Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey told TOI: “MSP given to farmers will be paid directly into their bank accounts based on a physical land document duly countersigned by patwari or sarpanch from the village. In six months, the cadastre will also be integrated online.
Arhtiyas will continue to collect their 2.5% commission separately, officials said. The breakthrough came during a meeting chaired by Food Minister Piyush Goyal attended by four Punjab ministers, including the finance and food ministers.
Punjab’s Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal told TOI: “The Center refused to budge on the issue of direct cash transfers and insisted that the Punjab should transfer money directly to farmers in rural areas. 48 hours. Otherwise, they said, they (the Center) will not source from the Punjab.
Badal said that he and Food Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu tried to convince Goyal that there was a tradition of payments through state arhtiyas, but Goyal categorically rejected it.
Having reached an impasse, the Punjab will now discuss the matter with the arhtiyas. “Capt CM Amarinder Singh will meet with the arhtiyas on Friday. We will work out a mechanism to give some protection to the arhtiyas and start buying, ”Ashu said.
Is the Punjab DBT ready?
The Punjab has requested exemption from direct payment and wants the arhtiyas to continue to play a role. However, sources claim that the DBT payment systems in Punjab were almost ready, which was forwarded to the Center by various agencies.

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