Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has instructed the officials engaged in the purchase of Kharif crops that payment should be made to the farmer within the prescribed period of seven days. He further said that any kind of delay in payment on behalf of procurement agency, agents and bankers will not be tolerated at all. To speed up the process, he suggested that matching of ‘J Form and I Form’ is an internal matter of the procurement process. He said it can be matched later, but the farmer must be paid first. No payment should be pending before Diwali.
The Chief Minister was presiding over the review meeting of the officials of the departments associated with the paddy procurement process in Chandigarh on Thursday. In the meeting, the Chief Minister made it clear that whatever payment is pending before October 15, it should be released immediately. He also said that farmers whose tokens have been issued for the day of Deepawali i.e on 14 November, their validity should remain till 16, 17 and 18 November and there is no need to give fresh tokens to such farmers.
The Chief Minister directed that the officers at the Headquarters level should ensure that from the creation of ‘H Form to J Form, Gate Pass, I Form’ for paddy procurement and lifting from Mandi to Warehouse along approval of I Farm should be done online. He further instructed that it should also be ensured that within one week of the issuance of the H form or 72 hours of the receipt of the I form; the farmer gets the payment for his purchase at all costs.
The Chief Minister also gave instructions that if anyone of the officers or employees involved in the procurement process is negligent then the whole process staggers. He said that the responsibility of everyone from the Secretary of Mandi Board to Aadhati, Miller and Transporter should be fixed. Every rice mill attached to each market should be proportionately allocated stock.
The Chief Minister said that a chart of the entire process should be prepared and it should be uploaded on the website so that any person can observe it. In particular, the farmer should be aware that on which day his ‘H-Form’ has been released so that accordingly he can come to the mandi. The Chief Minister also said that he himself will continue to monitor the entire procurement process on the dashboard from Chandigarh.
On the other hand, the Punjab and Haryana high court issued notice to the Haryana government on Wednesday over its refusal to procure paddy from a farmer from Uttar Pradesh (UP) despite the Centre’s newly-framed agriculture law that permits the sale of crops in any part of the country.
The high court has asked the Haryana government to clarify its position on the issue by Thursday when the matter has been fixed for hearing.