While the central government is taking steps to pay the beneficiaries directly to the account through direct benefit transfer (DBT), bypassing the middlemen, on the other hand farmers in Punjab take the prices of the crop directly to the bank account. for ready Are not the same. The demand of farmers is that they should be given the price of produce only through middlemen.
Crop procurement process was going to start in Punjab today (10, April) but it could not start due to the demonstration in many places. Due to the strike of the labor unions and the factions, in many parts of Punjab, the crop could not be purchased. The trade unions and the adhatiyas are opposing direct payment in the ‘interest’ of the farmers.
In Punjab, the general secretary of the trade union said that if the DBT scheme of the center is implemented, then farmers will be ruined. He also said that trade unions are on strike in the interest of those farmers who have been protesting for months. One agent also said that the strike would go on till the demands are met.
We have staged strike supporting farmers who’ve been protesting for past few months. If center’s direct benefit transfer scheme is implemented, it will destroy farmers: General Secretary Majdoor Union, Punjab pic.twitter.com/MGLDKZwJpA
– ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2021
Some farmers reached the grain market in Jalandhar with wheat but could not sell their produce due to the strike of the jobbers and laborers. Of farmers tell It is that they are at a loss due to the direct payment of the purchase because they get the same amount from the agents and they can also borrow money from the agents if the money is needed.
Significantly, on the direct payment of the minimum support price Uninterested To-do Punjab government also eventually to pay directly for the purchase Agree It was done. However, the state government’s decision came when the Center said that if the state government does not implement the direct payment scheme, then the Center will not buy the food stock of the state. State Finance Minister Manpreet Singh said that the state government has no way other than implementing the direct payment scheme from this season.
After the announcement of the state government, the factions announced that they were going on strike from April 10. Crop procurement was going to start in the state from this day itself. At the same time, the strike of the factors in the neighboring state of Punjab, Haryana Over Has been done and the procurement of grain mandis wheat has also started.